Hints for Women Travelers- #4 Beginnings are Hard but Keep Going

I remember when I first learned to ride a two wheeler, I just couldn’t seem to get the hang of it.  I remember finally building up some momentum and crashing into the back of my family’s red and white Chevy station wagon. I persisted and finally learned. I gave up on piano lessons, however. I love music and really regret that I stopped practicing. Playing an instrument would have brought me so much joy throughout my life.

“Beginnings are hard” is a motto in my family. Whenever my kids got discouraged about a new venture, I would pass on these words of wisdom.

Beginning a traveling adventure can be scary. Everything is new and uncharted. My advice is to give it some time. You may be forming unreasonable expectations of the perfect journey but it will be what it is. Relax! It reminds me of my first little dent on my first ever brand new car. It was kind of a relief when it happened. Perfection doesn’t exist, life is messy. Keep going. The journey is worth it.

“Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult-once we truly understand and accept it-then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.”
― M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth

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