What inspired and motivates this world travel? It’s hard to put into words. Seeking adventure, a time for change, the fire in your gut that knows this is what we are supposed to be doing, the excitement of the unknown, a desire to take a risk, simplify, shake things up, and break out of the patterns of life as we know it. It’s somehow a combination of all of these things.
While we were on our first leg of the journey, we read Through Painted Deserts by Donald Miller, a favorite author of ours and a local from our neck of the world. Have you ever had the words of a song grab your insides and shake out unplanned emotion? We hadn’t even made it to the first chapter when his words did just that. It was as if he was speaking to us through his author’s note and putting into words things we hadn’t yet been fully able to express. Here are a few excerpts that especially caught us and that we felt defined a bit of our reasoning:
I want to keep walking away from the person I was a moment ago, because a mind was made to figure things out, not to read the same page recurrently.
It’s a living book, this life; it folds out in a million settings cast with a billion beautiful characters…
We get one story, you and I, and one story alone. God has established the elements, the setting and the climax and the resolution. It would be a crime not to venture out, wouldn’t it? It might be time for you to go. It might be time to change, to shine out. I want to repeat one word for you: Leave.
Even in reading the last sentences again, the emotion springs up. It just strikes a chord that is so true for us. We know that the way we feel led to turn the page of our story is not how others are or will be led in their own lives and we are so glad we don’t all have to do it the same way! We hope that we are able to inspire others–not necessarily to travel, but to truly engage in the stories they are part of and not just read the same page over and over again. Perhaps that does mean leaving for some, but it may very well mean staying.
We are sitting at the Portland Airport, gate C5, ready for our very first flight of the trip and ready to turn the page.