Into The Unknown
Funny thing about the unknown…
From far away, it seems adventurous, thrilling, and exhilarating.
From closer in, it seems intimidating, daunting, and formidable.
Getting ready to embark on a 6+ month journey seemed a lot more exhilarating 3 months ago when we could “live out” the trip during the planning stages. Finding homes and apartments to stay in, exploring transportation options, and researching must-see attractions were thrilling when experienced through websites and videos.
Now that we are on the precipice of flying to the largest city in the world (Tokyo) and entering a land where we can understand neither spoken nor written language, the thrill has been chilled.
We have made every possible preparation (we think!) to ensure that the start of our trip goes as smoothly as possible. But life teaches us that we cannot plan and prepare our way for the unknown.
The unknown must simply be experienced.
And here’s the thing…often our greatest joy lies in the unknown. Those magical moments that occur out of nowhere. Those days unexpectedly stumbling across a festival. Those instances meeting a memorable stranger.
The unknowns often become highlights of our travels. They are the catalyst for wanting to return and share the experience with others. The unknowns are thrills cloaked in the formidable.
As we pack and repack every last bag... As we make copies of all of our passports... documents, and credit cards... As we activate online school programs and download educational apps... As we organize prescription meds deemed necessary by the travel clinic... As we prepare and plan for all the things we know have to be done before heading to the airport... We realize that the unknowns of this journey are awaiting us.
Whether its Tokyo, Taipei, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Siem Reap or any of the other places on our itinerary, each city holds its own unknown for us. And part of what we endeavor in this adventure is to learn to better embrace the unknown so that we are more enriched by the journey.