These two are the first travelers I met on my journey, and they helped me realize that it’s not only ok, but it’s good to feel small.
This is Pedro and Kristyna. Pedro is from Spain and Kristyna from the Czech Republic. We met couchsurfing at the same home in Anchorage, AK. They had recently been living and working on a farm for several months in Canada, which Kristyna was going back to after their time was over in Alaska.
Besides being completely heartwarming and kind people, they taught me that it’s ok to realize you know nothing whatsoever – as long as you change that.
I don’t care if you went to college and got a real adult job and have a family and two dogs now. If you have never gone out of your comfort zone, you know nothing. And that’s ok – there’s always time.
How did I realize I know nothing and am just a mere speck in the whole scheme of the universe? When they could name off more of the capital cities of the US than I could, and I wouldn’t even be able to point out where their countries are on a blank map. (I need to go back to college apparently.)
At first, I felt stupid being around them. I was intimidated. They know so much and have seen so many things in the world, and I have been nowhere in comparison.
But, it’s never too late to learn. These lovely people made me tea, breakfast, invited me on journeys around Anchorage, etc. They made me feel like it’s possible to make a home amongst strangers in order to learn and grow as long as you keep your heart and mind open.
They probably don’t know they taught me those things, so I may attain creeper status once they read this. But, to Pedro and Kristyna – I’m glad you were the first travelers I met on this journey, and I hope your travels are fulfilling for as long as they last.