Today marks the first week of Advent in the Christian calendar, which happened to land on the first day (you could say advent) of December. And this month marks a personal advent: my return to New Zealand for an indefinite amount of time.
While I have been quite consciously avoiding a countdown to my trip, doing so became much harder after turning my flip-a-day calendar to December 1. So I figure now’s as good a time as any to start this blog.
In his sermon today, my pastor discussed how the term “advent” isn’t necessarily related to Christmas at all. It simply relates to the arrival of an important event. By that definition, it seems I’m in the middle of my own personal advent. After all, it’s the root word for adventure, and what’s travel/exploration/soul-seeking if not adventure?
Yes, there are a lot of unknowns. Things won’t be laid out for me the way they were as an international student. And that makes a planner like me anxious. But this time around, I have:
- a deeper understanding of the country,
- more self-confidence in traveling (and generally getting by) on my own,
- and – most importantly – friends when I arrive.
The primary goal of this blog is to share my travels with my loved ones back home. But I hope it also inspires its readers to travel, to go for what you want even if it scares you. Because, honestly, if you’re going to wait for all the circumstances to line up perfectly before you take a risk, let’s face it: you will never leap.