Once you feel this, I mean really absorb and sit with the reality of it, it's clear that there is only one thing to do: figure out how to quit your job and travel immediately.
You should do this because travel will make you feel more alive. It will inspire you again, kindling that lost flicker of creativity until new ideas start to boil and bubble from deep within. It will allow you to create more, to feel freedom again, and to start your life anew.
Travel will challenge your well-worn assumptions and accumulated habits. It will shake up your boring old patterns, make you feel every raindrop and taste every bite of mango. It will surprise and delight you, causing you to laugh deeply at funny German accents and flop down on dirty airport chairs, exhausted and frustrated that you've been awake for 24-hours and still don't know where you'll rest your head. Traveling this way might make you uncomfortable, but it will also show you more clearly what you have and who you are.
Along the way, you'll collect lots more dots, and then it will be up to you to connect them, as Amanda Palmer says. Sure, you might not always know where to go to find those dots, nor will you know exactly when you'll return or who you'll meet along the way, but that won't matter once you're in the thick of it. One day all the beauty and wonder you've seen will meld together and make sense, and these discoveries will set you free.
Above all, travel will make you appreciate the familiarity of home. It will restore your sense of childlike wonder for what was already there. And when you return, you will remember what it is to truly be alive again.
Jessica Yurasek is a Social Media Strategy Director and Global Storyteller. She has traveled to over 40 countries on six continents and blogs about travel and inspiration. For more stories, follow her on Instagram.
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