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What Inspires Me

BY Rob McMath

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Inspiration is a powerful motivator. If you find something that inspires you, I believe you should do everything you can to do it. As for me, a few of years ago I made a decision which ultimately changed my entire life. I quit everything, hopped on a plane, flew to the furthest country away from my home as possible, and began a life-changing experience. Something I had always desired to do: travel.

Travel teaches confidence.

Jumping out of my comfort zone was an incredibly difficult thing to do. Here I was—just arrived to a foreign country all by myself, knowing absolutely no one and trying to figure my life out with little confidence. What helped? Changing my mentality. I forced myself to try new things that I’ve never done before, and the thrill of accomplishing them enhanced my confidence so much that it built up my character and inspired me to do more—like the time I decided to jump out of a plane at 14,000 feet over the coast of Cairns, Australia with the Great Barrier Reef on one side and an incredible landscape on the other side.

Travel teaches perspective.

It’s so easy to get lost in your own little world and not realize what the rest of the world is going through. Well, traveling changed all that. Meeting new people and understanding their backgrounds, experiencing different cultures and how those people live now, it put everything into perspective and changed my whole outlook on life. Experiencing nature at it’s best and seeing sights that completely blew my mind—like seeing my first ever sunrise from the top of an active volcano in Bali—made me fully appreciate life.

Travel teaches gratitude.

Coming from England—where I had access to education, a free public health system, and a nice house—I definitely took everything for granted as I simply didn’t know any better. That all changed after traveling South East Asia. Experiencing third-world countries and seeing first-hand how they appreciate life so much despite what little they have made me realize how fortunate I am to have the life I have and the opportunity to travel. It made me thankful for everyone and everything in my life and has inspired me in many ways. Traveling is a privilege, not a birthright.

There is so much more traveling teaches you that you must experience in order to understand. If it wasn’t for traveling I wouldn’t be where I am today. I wouldn’t have met my now-wife who I randomly met in a 12-bed hostel room in Melbourne, Australia and who I traveled with for my entire journey…but that’s another story. I know this all sounds very cliché and hippie-like but traveling undeniably changed me as person. I am extremely inspired by, and passionate about, traveling and encouraging others to get out there and explore the world. I believe that traveling feeds and nourishes one’s soul. Because I am well-traveled, I am cultured, educated, and have more awareness and new world views.