Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are – Bertolt Brecht
The Nature of Worry
If I asked you what you were worrying about exactly one year ago on this day could you give me an answer?
Life can be very overwhelming sometimes. Feelings of depression, loneliness, sadness, anger, hurt, loss can come from nowhere, crippling us to the ground.
Travel has taught me a lot about my own mind, thoughts and feelings.
In May 2013, I was leaving my friends in New Zealand to travel South East Asia by myself for the first time in my life.
I was used to travelling with people so this was a new gear for me.
I was scared, full of fear and didn’t know what life would be like travelling on my own.
For the first couple of weeks, I was right about my fears. I felt lonely, lost and anxious. I wasn’t fine in my own company.
But I had no choice to accept my reality and confront my fears.
So that’s what I did.
And over time, it all turned out to be ok.
In my time travelling alone, I discovered a lot about myself and found many ways to enjoy my own company.
Through all of these experiences, I learned a lot about the nature of worry and how to deal with my own fluctuating feelings.
I want to use the rest of this article to share some things my journey taught me that might be useful for helping you with your own worries and feelings.
Your Feelings Are Like The Seasons
The road has taught me that there is no permanence in what you are feeling now.
Everything is in motion. Things are always changing.
Just like the seasons, your feelings will come and go.
The cold blow of winter will pass, and spring will follow with the blossoming of new leaves.
Hurt will subside. Confusion will diminish. Anger will erode. Regret will fade away.
Nothing is eternal and knowing that everything changes in time is an extremely liberating thought.
A Powerful Affirmation
You’re bound to be angry, sad, nervous and scared from time to time – it’s completely human, and you’re not alone in experiencing these kinds of feelings.
I’ve found a very powerful affirmation to use is:
“This Too Shall Pass.”
This affirmation will strengthen your perspective and subtly remind you that what you are feeling right now is temporary.
And when you think about it, it’s true isn’t it… “this too shall pass”, because you’re here right now, alive, still breathing.
You’ve made it all this way and have managed to deal with everything that has tested you along the way.
Knowing that negative feelings you are experiencing now are only temporary gives you the courage to overcome anything that you experience on your path.
You’re feelings will eventually subside, and there’s great liberation and strength in knowing that “this too will pass”.
Whether your feeling negative or positive emotions, remember that this is all part of being human and it’s not going to last forever.
Try not to fight or hide from those feelings, but rather work with them, because there’s supreme strength to be found in acceptance.
After all, feelings are there to guide you into the light and show you what’s truly important in life.
Thanks for reading and all the best,
Daniel Beaumont, Tuesday 2nd February 2016
About the Author
Hello everyone, I’m Dan – a 28-year-old social entrepreneur and writer from the north of England, living in Bucharest, Romania. I’m currently writing my first book about my 4-year journey around the world seeking wisdom and life-lessons from everyday people I met hitchhiking and Couchsurfing.
I discovered that travel, if approached with the right mindset, can be life-changing, and a trip combining travel, purpose and introspection is a great way to learn, challenge oneself and change for the better. Now my mission in life is to share what I’ve learned to inspire others to embark on their own journey of self-discovery and use travel, entrepreneurship and technology as a means to make the world a better place.
I’m also the founder of Podstel – a vision to help humanity belong and grow by creating a worldwide network of ‘homes’ that bring locals and travellers together to share their stories, passions and skills. The first two Podstels are open and thriving in Bucharest, so if you’re passing through, be sure to come and say hi, or stay the night with us.
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