New York was one destination before last, and it was the first time I crossed routes with my previous experiences. I’d spent seven months living outside of the city a few years back, so it was lovely to relieve old memories. In the same time, as I was approaching the end of my trip, I felt like the citizen of the world. I felt unstoppable. I felt remarkably alive. I’d never felt stronger or more powerful.
Since people crave connections and not ‘stuff’, I also think it’s fair to say that new friendships that forged all along the way were my catalyst, a guiding force for self-discovery and an alchemy-like transformation.
Vishal was definitely one of such sources of encouragement. I’d been in touch with him well before I even started my trip, and finally we had a chance to meet up. We sat with a beer or two until late in the evening, reflecting on our lives, talking, sharing ideas and enjoying time together. Conversations with people like him remain far more memorable than anything else I experienced along the way. There is no question about that.
The around the world trip was my dream. The dream became a goal, the goal became an adventure and the adventure became a pivotal point of my life. It might have been a small accomplishment and it may not sound like a lot, but it was another proof that my goals, however improbable, are not impossible if I apply certain amount of energy in the right direction.
I wanted to do it, I said that I’m going to do that, and I made it happened. I covered a long distance. The dream was nearly over, but another was just beginning.