MAKE IT HAPPEN

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Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

As a child, I always had my head in the clouds. I was always off in my own world, creating an imaginary life in which I was exactly who I wanted to be at that point in time. I spent more time in these alternate universes than I did in my reality. I think this is the beauty about being a child – the ability to so easily escape and imagine a better life. Don’t get me wrong, my childhood was fantastic. I just always wanted something more.

As you grow up, you begin to realise that escaping into a fantasy doesn’t solve everything. Living in an imaginary universe just doesn’t cut it when school, work, friends, family, and life all get in the way. You realise that this is your reality, and you slowly push your dreams aside. You let your imaginary life go, and try to find contentment in the one you’re living. Fear and doubt set in, and the life that you dreamed for yourself becomes less and less spectacular – not because you want a mediocre life, but because you believe that it is at least achievable. Dreams become nothing more than a whim of childhood, and you dare not go after them lest you fail. You work a job that you hate to put a roof over your head that you can’t enjoy anyway because you’re too busy working to pay for the house that you don’t have time to live in…

A little over a year ago I made a decision. I decided that I wouldn’t be satisfied with a mediocre life. I decided that dreams don’t have to be a childhood phenomenon. I decided to push fear and doubt aside, and make the life I dreamed for myself. Ultimately, the only person in control of your life is YOU! Dreams are possible, they are just the product of hard work. Unfortunately, this is where many people fail: they are either unwilling to put in the work, or terrified that they will pour their heart and soul into their dream and that they will still fail. I fell into the latter category. But then a very wise person told me that you just need to take the first step. So many people are terrified of this first step, and the sad reality is that so few take it.

I don’t believe in fate. I don’t believe that life is already set in stone. I believe that you can shape and steer your life down whatever path you wish to, and that you can make dreams happen. But the only person in control of it is you, and so the choice is yours. You can live in fear, or you can take a leap. And you will fail along the road, but you will pick yourself up, and you will learn, and you WILL make your dreams your reality.

Make it happen.

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WHAT IS WANDERLUST?

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Dreams. Adventure. Creativity. Exploration. Freedom.

These are some of the things that come to mind when I try to encapsulate what it means to have ‘wanderlust’. At its most basic level, wanderlust is a desire to travel. To see the world. To explore different countries, continents and cultures. However, to me it has developed a much broader and deeper meaning.

I caught the travel bug very early in life. I was extremely fortunate to have a  mother whose job allowed her to travel to exciting and exotic locations, and a father whose family lived on the other side of the world. Growing up, barely a year went by without a trip to somewhere in Europe, America, Asia, or (at the very least!) New Zealand. As I got older, opportunities to represent my country in elite sport continued this trend. Travelling was always a necessity for me. In fact, I can’t imagine where life would have taken me without it!

It has only been recently that I’ve developed what I would call ‘wanderlust’. In the last two years I’ve taken two major overseas trips, for the first time without my family. I can honestly say that I have learned more about myself during this time than I had in the first 18 years of my life. I discovered wanderlust, in the full sense of the word.

Wanderlust is not just about travel. Wanderlust is about dreams. It’s about adventure, creativity and exploration. Most of all, wanderlust is about freedom. Freedom of the body, mind and soul. It’s so very true that we have to lose ourselves to truly find ourselves. And this is what wanderlust is. It’s not just a physical journey, but an inward journey of self-discovery.

Creating Wanderlust is about documenting this journey: through photography, through words, and through stories. You don’t need to be travelling to capture wanderlust. You just have to be willing to create it.

This is my journey.