After reading this insightful post from renowned travel blogger Wandering Earl:
I resonated with Derek’s insights.
Click the link and enjoy the post guys.
He explains how getting comfortable with yourself allows other people to get comfortable with you, and how this is one chief quality he has developed during his travels..
I feel traveling pulls you outside of your comfort zone frequently enough to where you either insanely hold onto deep fears about yourself and the world or you ease into these feeling, however unpleasant, move outside of your comfort zone habitually and become genuinely comfortable with yourself as a part time traveler or digital nomad.
Circling the globe for 7 years with my wife Kelli, I assure you that the journey has largely been fun, thrilling, exciting and even a tad bit enlightening. The trip has been freeing as hell too; but of course, even though the term “freeing” sounds like it feels good, sometimes it feels horrible.
Such is the process of facing, feeling and releasing your fears, so you can be comfortable with yourself, your tendencies, your…..you-ness.
But as you get comfortable with you, just being you, a neat thing happens: you make friends more easily. If you are a travel blogger, you grow a loyal tribe that will run through brick walls to read your latest post, waiting with baited breath, checking their email inbox, wondering if their savoir…..ok I am joking guys. But you will attract awesome friends who vibe with your blog and your travels if you get comfortable with being you.
What It Feels Like to Be a Digital Nomad
Enlightening, a wee bit.
Most of the time, it feels good to be a digital nomad.
A little bit of the time it feels scary. Fear will arise from within as you hit the road for months or years. Some fears may be intense. The general fear of loss. The fear of being rejected by family and friends. The fear of losing touch with folks who have loved you, and who you have loved, most.
Sometimes I feel like a stranger on the road, in a different culture, looking quite unlike locals, not knowing the native tongue. In these moments, I simply be with the feelings of being an outsider, and fall back on my square jaw and classic, All American guy handsome looks (that is another joke).
What I really do is: feel the uncomfortable feelings and fears associated with feeling like a foreigner. The feelings clear. I then smile more at folks – even if they do not smile back – chat a bit more with folks who speak some English, and of course, use the few words I learn of the native tongue to connect with local folks.
Each time you reach out and connect on the road, you lose the fear of being a foreigner a little bit more and you become more comfortable with being yourself in any environment. Which allows locals in any environment, anywhere on earth, connect with you.
Instead of feeling like a chaste priest wandering through the Soi Cowboy district of Bangkok, being inundated with offers to watch Ping Pong shows, you will predominantly begin to feel more at home where you are.
Because you are always at home.
That’s the #1 thing you learn on the road, as a full time digital nomad, circling the globe for years.
Amid all the seeming differences, and uncomfortable feelings, and fears, and joys, and ups and downs, you get the sneaky suspicion that you are always at home, and always have been, no matter how many time zones you travel through to reach some destination.