As our Worldviews Project Ambassadors, Brian Cleland and Jacob Van Dyke prepared to head to Iceland this month (Read full story here) I asked them why they wanted to take on the added adventure of completing all 20 Passport Project challenges. I asked them if they thought that travelling with this sense of purpose could actually change their lives?
“I hope to finally broaden my horizons. My entire life has been spent very close to home, so in taking this trip and aiming to accomplish these goals I mainly just want to see how much is out there and how much I can discover about myself along the way.” Jacob Van Dyke
“The passport challenge is a great way to become more immersed in a different culture, and it gave us a lot more incentive to look for local events and meet people that we wouldn’t have thought of otherwise.” Brian Cleland
In hearing their responses, it made me think of my first travels and my insatiable curiosity about the world around me. It reminded me of why I believe we all need to be explorers. I’ve realized that we don’t have to go halfway across the world to be explorers. In fact, we can start the journey in our own community. Imagine if we followed Jacob’s lead to ‘see how much we could discover’ or Brian’s idea to ‘meet people that we wouldn’t have otherwise.’ How would it change our day or even our lives?
Perhaps instead of seeing through a lens of boredom, apathy or impatience we would start to see the world as exciting. Recently one of my mentors, Martin Parnell told me that he never gets bored when he runs marathons. That amazed me since I’ve often felt the longest I could ever run was 10km or I would give up out of boredom! He told me that every second the picture changes so he’s never bored but constantly appreciating a new perspective. What an amazing idea! I’ve been trying to embrace that idea this week by appreciating the beauty around me and trying to live in the moment. I want to make my mind a beautiful place to visit.
As I have travelled with that sense of adventure in mind and with curiosity at the forefront, I have found it has allowed me to build bridges with others that were different from me. It has actually changed my life. In taking up the challenge to explore and talk to more people I have found that I have more in common with others than I realized. I’m so excited to see where this journey will take Jacob and Brian and what new perspectives they will gain. Hopefully, I’ll be able to take their zest for exploring Iceland and apply it to my own journey to appreciate my community in a new way over the next week.