It's 2016 and the new year usually brings about change in one way or another. In the last months of 2015 I did a lot of reflecting on where I was and where I wanted to go. I've lived in Vancouver on and off for the past 8 years. It's a pretty comfortable place to live, I know where the local yoga studios are, where to get organic bulk food, refill shops, excellent restaurants; whatever I want, it's usually no more than a 15 minute bike ride away.
Vancouver is a city of convenience, and as great as this is, for day to day activities, I also feel the loneliness that everyone talks about. I have great friends in Vancouver (most of whom I've known from high school age), but something seemed to be missing for me. I stopped feeling like I belonged in Vancouver, and belonging is primal and fundamental to our sense of happiness and well-being.
For 2016 I desire change. I've decided to jump right in and travel; I want to experience new cultures, languages and see new places. I also want this change in my life to act as an incubator for personal growth. It's easy to feel disconnected when you're so technologically connected all the time. Social media and the online world are wonderful outlets when used for a purpose, but it can't give you purpose.
I'm not travelling to run away but I want to experience more of the world and build new relationships along the way. I sold all my possessions, which was about a 2 month process and got a one way ticket. I decided to spend time in Mexico City to start; last time I was here I was captivated by this colourful culture full of warmth and expression. It seemed like a good starting point and I'm excited to see what adventures lay ahead.