Hey HEthens I have decided after long debate to skip college and travel to seek truth and enlightenment instead. Any advice you could give would be great. Also, how should I break it to my parents. Thanks a ton.
@zman, Truth and enlightenment are inside you. Seriously, I’m not trying to be some wise sage who pretends he has all the answers. But I do know that the only way to seek out truth and enlightenment for yourself is purely inside you, inside your mind. You will never find it traveling or doing anything else. If college does not serve you than so be it, but do not waste your time trying to find some false ideology that does not suit you.
Everything he said is true though.
I know of a handful who wanted the same, travel and make discoveries that will validate your existence but actually what happened was they traveled all over and soaked up more problems of another flawed society. Just basically know what your getting into if you decide to see this through. It’s more then likely not what you think.
If I were to offer advice learn to live off land and develop a relationship with earth (sounds hippy, I know). Then what you look for will slowly click in.
Stop being so hard on this guy! Truth and enlightenment is inside your mind, yes, but maybe he needs to travel alone so he’s only left with him and his thoughts. Before going to bed you “suddenly” think of a million things. If you’re alone in nature or walking you’re left alone with your thoughts, because walking or being in nature doesn’t require physical effort, so you can focus on you mind, what else is there to do? I would suggest writing a diary or at least write down notes along your travel. Explain your parent what you’re thinking, and if they accept it good, but if they don’t it’s your life, and you should do whatever you want with it! Send them postcards, so they don’t feel forgotten.
Where are you going?
Do it. Travel allowed me to get my priorities straight and get a much clearer sense of self. It was the best thing I could have done for myself. I came back and finished up college actually knowing what is was the truly interested me, and now I’m off to go travel again! I would however recommend having goals in mind, specific reasons for wanting to travel and what you hope to accomplish. Traveling aimlessly may not provide you with the enlightening experience you’d hoped.
@zman, Traveling will give you amazing experiences..but I wouldn’t bet on it giving you enlightenment or truth..
The journey of truth is made internally..and yes, the outside world can help with discovering and unfolding that journey, but ultimately, it will always come down to those moments where you, your being, your mind, your spirit- are left alone..to contemplate and connect..
All the best!
Thanks a lot guys. I really appreciate all your comments. I do agree with how truth and enlightenment are internal, and I guess I didn’t explain that very well. It has now turned into more of a need to travel to see other viewpoints and learn about the world differently than in college. I will seek enlightenment internally, but the travel is to seek how to help the world. @drakonerythros I appreciate your comment, and I wouldn’t want anyone to coddle me. @fearlessldr thanks for being supportive, and I will search out a plan between now and my high school graduation. I wasn’t planning to leave til the end of the summer anyway so I have some time. Thanks again, and if any of you have specific travel advice for a person with little money please share.