Xavier's Blog

Traveling sucks

I went on a family vacation trip this past week! Hung out with some cool animals, ate good food, got a good tan, spent hours with family, and slept in a comfortable bed. Awesome right?!

Me holding two birds

Except that traveling can be stressful for me: packing, being on time for the plane, going through customs, getting used to a new set of food and sleep routines, lowering boundaries with family, navigating cultural differences, etc.

What many people see as rest and pleasure, actually feels like an obstacle race for me. In moments of stress, I tell myself that I just need to get through this before I’m back in the warm embrace of my routines (with my wife and dog 👩‍❤️‍👨🐕 of course)

This can be a difficult feeling to accept. Why can’t I enjoy what other people do? Am I simply not cut out for family trips? Is my body too anxious, scared of change? Do I need to fundamentally change how I see challenges? Am I broken?

In having all these question, I’m relieved by a few ideas and I thought I’d share them with you:

The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.

All in all, it’s not so bad! Traveling is actually kind of cool.