The journey

by Kim on July 14, 2013 · 54 comments

One day a voice inside me said:
“This is not what your life is for.”
And, against the odds, I listened.
I said, “Well, voice, what is it for?”
The voice said, “You know.”
The voice said it softly, because she knew I was afraid.
She said, “You know, sweet honey love baby. I don’t need to tell you.”

And because I did not want an unlived life,
and because it was so much easier
to give up everything I had
then to give up everything I could be,
I said, “Yes, I know.
I know.”
But I cried it like a little prayer.
I cried it like a child.

I whispered, “How?”
The voice said, “Just start.”
I asked, “But what comes next?”
The voice said, “That does not matter now.”
And off I stepped into the unknown.

Some people asked, “Why?”
Some people said, “Who do you think you are?”
I said to the voice, “I’m afraid I’ve made a terrible mistake.”
But the voice said, “Shhh, keep going.”
So I kept going.
I kept going.

And somewhere in the canyons in Peru, the waterfalls of Argentina, the dusty roads of India;
Somewhere amongst the white-capped peaks of Nepal,
I realized I wasn’t scared anymore.

“Just keep going,” said the voice.
So I did.
I did.
I’m still going.

the journey

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Rhonda July 14, 2013 at 5:13 pm

What a fantastic poem and so fitting for my state of mind today. I was just thinking of our conversation at the Lucky Lab about having the faith that the universe would provide when you follow your dreams and then I read your poem. So inspiring!
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Kim July 15, 2013 at 5:11 am

Glad it came at the right time, Rhonda.

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Bev July 14, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Hi,

I just want you to know that i’m living through you right now. I would LOVE to be able to do what you did: quit your job, sell everything, and travel. However, I’m in the military (something that I love) and I feel like my gut is telling me to finish out my last 12 years to get that retirement check so that I will have some money in my bank account every month to keep me alive and somewhat well. If I get out and take off with what I have, I don’t think I will last long. Therefore, I am living through you and people like you who are in that point in their life where they have taken the leap of faith and are really enjoying their life. Thank you for your fb page, blog and posts. It makes me feel alive. Thank you.

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Kim July 15, 2013 at 5:12 am

Thank you for reading, Bev. Just keep your dream alive inside of you because someday (in 12 years!) it will find it’s chance to live.

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Patti July 14, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Anything is possible with diligence, passion and planning – and some patience. Well done you, Kim!
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Kim July 15, 2013 at 5:12 am

Definitely. Patience is key!

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TammyOnTheMove July 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Beautiful poem Kim! Sometimes the unknown is scary, but your gut feeling is usually right.
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Kim July 15, 2013 at 5:13 am

Thanks Tammy.

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Hannah July 14, 2013 at 7:16 pm

So beautiful my dear, I had to go right back and read it over to take it all in. You are going far, and it brings me so much joy to be able to share in your journey. Keep listening to that voice, it speaks the truth.

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Kim July 15, 2013 at 5:14 am

Thanks Hannah. It’s quite the wild ride (as you know!).

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Morgan July 14, 2013 at 8:32 pm

So beautiful, Kim. Reading this excites me like the restocking of Twinkies :) Ok, but really, it’s people like you – the ones that decided to take the road less traveled despite what most claim “normalcy” to be- that have inspired me to take the travel leap.
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Kim July 15, 2013 at 5:15 am

Ha! To be as good as freshly restocked twinkles? Now that’s a compliment.

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Carol July 14, 2013 at 9:54 pm

This is a beautiful description of letting go of security to find freedom. My husband and I are about to embark on our own travel adventure. We have sold our house, quit our jobs and are a few weeks away from getting on with living the life of freedom we believe we are meant to live. Yes, it’s scary but things in life that are really worth it usually are! Keep going, we’ll be following your adventures.
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Kim July 15, 2013 at 5:16 am

Wow Carol, congrats on your upcoming big adventure. I know how you’re feeling right now. Hold on tight!

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Jessica July 15, 2013 at 12:51 am

Beautiful poem, and keep listening to that voice! I hope that someday I can be as brave and fully commit myself into taking that big leap as you have done…someday!
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Kim July 15, 2013 at 5:16 am

Thanks Jessica. Whatever you want, you have it in you.

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Ashlie July 15, 2013 at 5:37 am

I like that the voice calls you ‘honey’ :)
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Kim July 15, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Me too! I think it’s a good sign… much better than the millions of terrible things I’ve called myself over the years. XO

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Justin July 15, 2013 at 6:16 am

Beautiful Kim!

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Kim July 15, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Thanks Justin!

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Franca July 15, 2013 at 6:26 am

Nice reading Kim! What scares us shouldn’t stop us. It’s always good to try the unknown because no matter what the experience will make us what we are :)
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Kim July 15, 2013 at 2:46 pm

I completely agree with you there!

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Ali July 15, 2013 at 6:55 am

Beautiful! I’m so glad you took that chance and living the life you were meant to.
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Kim July 15, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Thanks Ali. I’m happy that you’re doing the same thing too.

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motowngirl July 15, 2013 at 7:26 am

Lovely Kim. “NORMAL is just a setting on the dryer” – right? It is a wonderful adventure traveling with you! Hope your time with family is reassuring and energizing!

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Kim July 15, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Ah, I love that! “NORMAL is just a setting on the dryer.” I’m going to have to use that somewhere. Wonderful.

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Barbara July 15, 2013 at 7:54 am

Love this post … it capture exactly how we all overcome fear … especially the fear of the unknown …

I thought I was done with fear having spent a great deal of time traveling to places like Mongolia, the Middle East and various African countries, but I found myself fearful after a long hiatus about the idea of South America … but I finally decided yesterday to just go to Uruguay with as much information under my belt as possible and an open heart and mind … and I felt less fearful immediately.

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Kim July 15, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Amazing. I understand about that fear. Even being back for just a few weeks in the U.S. I can feel myself being slightly (barely, but more than before) scared of going back out. Crazy, huh?! The important thing is just to not let that fear stop you- and it’s obviously not!

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Jessica J. Hill July 15, 2013 at 8:27 am

Yay – go you! I love this. That little voice always seems to know what’s best for us if we actually listen to it.
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Kim July 15, 2013 at 2:48 pm

No kidding. That little voice is so dang smart.

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Kristin July 15, 2013 at 9:01 am

Goosebumps Kim! Goosebumps!
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Kim July 15, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Oh, yay. Yay for goosebumps. Thanks Kristin.

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nicole July 15, 2013 at 12:23 pm

What a great poem. Even if you’re afraid, the hardest step is always the first one. After that, there’s no where to go but up.
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Kim July 15, 2013 at 2:49 pm

I completely agree. The hardest and scariest step is the first step.

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Caroline @ Traveling 9 to 5 July 15, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Gave me goosebumps! Beautiful and so true! :)
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Kim July 15, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Thanks Caroline :)

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Andi of My Beautiful Adventures July 16, 2013 at 6:02 am

I agree with what everyone else said, just gorgeous!
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Kim July 16, 2013 at 7:11 am

Thank you Andi.

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Laura July 16, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Wow! Thank you.

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Kim July 16, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Thanks Laura.

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Paul Farrugia (globalhelpswap) July 17, 2013 at 3:51 am

A beautiful post Kim and so inspiring. Thank you.

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Kim July 17, 2013 at 8:48 am

Thanks Paul.

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Darcy July 17, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Beautiful…I’m so happy your journey continues…

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Kim July 20, 2013 at 7:11 am

Thanks Darcy. I’m happy about it too.

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Rachel July 17, 2013 at 8:55 pm

I absolutely adore this. I’m so glad I stumbled on your blog this evening. I’m fighting every urge right now to print this out and frame it on my wall–I have to wake up early tomorrow morning, so for now I’ll bookmark it. Wow. Just really moving. Thanks for that.
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Kim July 20, 2013 at 7:11 am

Hang away! Thanks Rachel. I’m glad you enjoyed it and I’m glad you found the blog!

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Deborah July 17, 2013 at 9:52 pm

For so many reasons, this post made me cry. Tears of recognition, tears of pride in your for the beautiful work you are doing, tears because some days listening to that voice is difficult and following it seems nigh-unto-impossible. And I’ve had a string of those days recently. So thank you — as ever and always — for sharing straight from your heart. (In less reverent terms: Go on with your bad self!)

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Kim July 20, 2013 at 7:13 am

Oh Deborah, I know all about those days. I’ve had a few of them myself lately. Still… we persevere.

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Victoria July 30, 2013 at 6:44 pm

I missed this before. It’s beautiful. Your writing always provides great guidance. Thank you :)
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Kim July 31, 2013 at 6:33 am

Thanks so much Victoria. As does yours :)

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Erica December 8, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Beautiful!!

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Kim December 9, 2013 at 6:51 am

Thanks Erica.

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