The Power of Your Horizon

Oct 17, 2011
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Often we are brought to the attention of our own horizon: see it, expand it, and go beyond it. But how many of us actually take the time to gaze out into the openness of our own journey or path to see what beauty lies ahead at that place where earth and sky meet?

One of the most profound methods in expanding one’s horizon is by traveling to new ones. Traveling has always been a passion of mine, searching for new lands and people to take snapshots of and grow memories with. I have been fortunate enough to make traveling a reality in my life, and even more fortunate to embrace it wholeheartedly.

My dad is a fellow with little mind to the world around him. Don’t’ get me wrong, he enjoys his vacations to sea-side California bed-and-breakfasts like the best of them; however, he’s not so moved by the notion of travel itself. He doesn’t want to search for culture and rituals, he doesn’t care about traditions. He has no sense for the other side of the world.

I, however, cannot see the horizon that my father admires—my vision goes far, far beyond it. My horizon holds yerba tea circles in Paraguay and colorful Holi festivals in India. My horizon rests laughter in every language and takes in smiles from around the globe.

In my thirty-one years on this planet, I have learned far more because of my travels than anything else. I have learned so much about myself, my true self—which may seem somewhat ironic—because I can get to know myself anywhere, right? But, it is those challenges you face when plopped in a new country, new culture, new foods, new words, and new horizon. Your true self surfaces with a beautiful intensity and vulnerability as it attempts to navigate among the likes of those new foods and words.

I have set my horizon further off in the distance than I can be sure of, in hopes of being a part of all that I can. It is important for me to see and experience as much of the world that I can in the most open-hearted and encompassing manner that I can muster. It is not only important for the immediate lessons that I learn about cultures and traditions around the world; but also those muted, yet powerful lessons that help to shape my every day and every way once blessed with them.

Author: Ryan McLean

  • BobLujano

    Outstanding piece. Thanks Ryan.