Today’s #TwentyTuesdays post is actually coming to you on a Tuesday – whaaaaat?!
I know. Crazy. I’m really on top of it today.
Sometimes life gets busy and I forget what day it is. We all make mistakes, okay? Let’s just enjoy the fact that I nailed it this week and got the post out on the right day. Horray!
Today’s guest post is from the lovely Betsy Ramser Jaime!
She’s writing today all about travel and experiences and making the most of each season of life, in particular your 20’s. She loves black coffee, travel (obviously), and everything about Asia. K-pop is her jam and she believes that hula hooping is a real form of exercise. After checking out her blog (which is beautifully designed and written, by the way) I’ve decided she’s pretty much amazing and I’m honored that she’s chosen to share her story with us today. Enjoy!
What is the best way to be spending this time and season?
I often ask myself this question and worry that I’m getting it wrong, or missing out on something important. We often look longingly towards the seasons of romance and marriage and littles. To future seasons that seem distantly unapproachable and a little out of reach. Right now, I have 1.5 years left in my twenties and am recently married.
However, as I look forward to my 30’s and wonder what that will bring…I also wonder if I will look somewhat jealously back at my 20’s self. Not because I didn’t have to think about keeping my skin youthful or my 20’s body, but because of the adventure and the whimsy that is often so uniquely expressed in our 20’s.
Travel is one of the areas that has had the greatest impact on my twenties and since I can’t sit here and tell you each and every experience or excursion of my twenties, I will choose one.
January 2012. I loved to look back and I yearned for the future but trying to remain in the present always found me in a silent stupor.
I had finished my Master’s degree the previous summer and had found a temporary job almost immediately. However once that job ended, I was left feeling depressed, anxious, and unable to make any type of decision. During this time, I found a lot of solace reading travel blogs. I had done study abroad trips in college and graduate school to France, Italy, and Ireland and I found that travel was the one thing that really got me excited.
Then, on an average day in January I found a blog written by someone who had gone on the ‘World Race.’ Interestingly enough, a co-worker from the job I mentioned earlier had talked about ‘The World Race’ but I remember listening to her and thinking “I could never do something like that“.
Just to clarify, the World Race is an 11 month 11 country mission trip. At this point in my life I had never been on a mission trip or visited a third world country. And alas, my camping experience did not extend far past girl scout camp where I had cried myself to sleep each night because I hated being in a sleeping bag in the woods.
While the race itself was highly outside my comfort zone, it stirred something within me that nothing else had since I’d finished grad school. I found myself coming home from work and mindlessly scrolling through the blogs of other race participants. I couldn’t get enough. I knew that this was an experience that God was calling me to but I just felt too inadequate. After months of stalling, I finally said, ‘yes.’ I told my parents, applied, and started shopping at a store that I had never heard of called “REI”. (As I said before, WAY outside my comfort zone).
Anyways, to fast forward a couple of years, I made it! I soldiered through the entire 11 months and in short, it was trajectory changing. Terrifying, uncomfortable, humbling, and all the other emotions and feelings that the best experiences always are and I even met my husband on the race!
You and I are capable of so much more than we realize, friend. Where I saw inadequacy, God saw willingness. Where I saw not having expectations as simply cluelessness and ignorance, God said, that’s perfect!
Don’t be afraid of the difficult, impractical, or unconventional in the short-term for a life and eternity well-lived. It’s fun to think and dream about the future but also make space for some experiences or travel right now. You and I may never again have so few responsibilities and yet so much time. Travel and experiences don’t have to be across long distances, flashy, or result in unnaturally perfect Insta-photos (says the world’s most inept photographer).
They simply need to be meaningful.
Not gonna lie, this makes me want to hop on a plane right now and jet off to some foreign city! I love traveling and I love how it can teach you so much about yourself. It will definitely grow you in ways you never imagined and stretch you to do things you never thought you could. What better time than to experience this in our 20’s?!
Thanks for sharing, Betsy!
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