alex lettrich
17:43"Did you know, you can quit your job, you can leave university? You aren’t legally required to have a degree, it’s a social pressure and expectation, not the law, and no one is holding a gun to your head. You can sell your house, you can give up your apartment, you can even sell your vehicle, and your things that are mostly unnecessary. You can see the world on a minimum wage salary, despite the persisting myth, you do not need a high paying job. You can leave your friends (if they’re true friends they’ll forgive you, and you’ll still be friends) and make new ones on the road. You can leave your family. You can depart from your hometown, your country, your culture, and everything you know. You can sacrifice. You can give up your $5.00 a cup morning coffee, you can give up air conditioning, frequent consumption of new products. You can give up eating out at restaurants and prepare affordable meals at home, and eat the leftovers too, instead of throwing them away. You can give up cable TV, Internet even. This list is endless. You can sacrifice climbing up in the hierarchy of careers. You can buck tradition and others’ expectations of you. You can triumph over your fears, by conquering your mind. You can take risks. And most of all, you can travel. You just don’t want it enough. You want a degree or a well-paying job or to stay in your comfort zone more. This is fine, if it’s what your heart desires most, but please don’t envy me and tell me you can’t travel. You’re not in a famine, in a desert, in a third world country, with five malnourished children to feed. You probably live in a first world country. You have a roof over your head, and food on your plate. You probably own luxuries like a cellphone and a computer. You can afford the $3.00 a night guest houses of India, the $0.10 fresh baked breakfasts of Morocco, because if you can afford to live in a first world country, you can certainly afford to travel in third world countries, you can probably even afford to travel in a first world country. So please say to me, “I want to travel, but other things are more important to me and I’m putting them first”, not, “I’m dying to travel, but I can’t”, because I have yet to have someone say they can’t, who truly can’t. You can, however, only live once, and for me, the enrichment of the soul that comes from seeing the world is worth more than a degree that could bring me in a bigger paycheck, or material wealth, or pleasing society. Of course, you must choose for yourself, follow your heart’s truest desires, but know that you can travel, you’re only making excuses for why you can’t. And if it makes any difference, I have never met anyone who has quit their job, left school, given up their life at home, to see the world, and regretted it. None. Only people who have grown old and regretted never traveling, who have regretted focusing too much on money and superficial success, who have realized too late that there is so much more to living than this." — Wunderkammer: Did You Know (via wendesgray)

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22:08
Anonymous: You are and absolute inspiration. You are just such a beautiful person inside and out. Never have I seen someone with such an amazing outlook on life like you. The way you express yourself, open up to others, and go about the world is just amazing. You are my role model and idol. You deserve every wonderful thing that comes your way in your beautiful journey of life. Xoxo

I can’t even express to you how much this means to me. Thank you. Sooo much love for you. 

xx

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ijustmightt:

i would love to wake up to the sound of the ocean, the smell of a salty breeze; wrapped in comfy blankets next to a man with an adventurous heart.

 
15:03
Anonymous: Do you have any advice for people who are feeling "lost"? Or are just trying to find their place in the world?

Every person that walks this earth is different from the next. The only advice I can give to you is to make your OWN place in the world. So many people live by thought that they have to be accepted by others in order to find their place in the world. Hell, I struggle with it too. Everyone wants to be “accepted” by another because it feels good! But that means you are defining yourself by what others think about you.

There’s a quote that I love that relates to this, “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.” 

I don’t have all the answers. I don’t even have half the answers I need for myself. But I can tell you in order to feel like you belong, you have to focus on yourself. Who you are. Who you want to be, who you don’t want to be. I’m 21 years old and have gone through probably 10 different phases of who I am, and i’ll probably go through another 10 more. But in order to figure out who you are/want to be, you have to go through a lot of the things you don’t want to get there. You are not lost, you are normal! Be patient, be kind, and do one thing a day that truly makes you smile. You will find yourself.

xo

I wasn’t planning on posting this to tumblr but since some random person decided to go ahead and do it on theirs I guess I will. This is my boyfriend and I snorkeling off the coast of St. Lucia.

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12:03
Anonymous: when you first started yoga how were you? i just started practicing and i feel like I'm just not good enough to keep up with others in classes. Do you have any advice?

I’ve always been relatively flexible, so I didn’t start out too badly. But I always wanted to do what all the really good yogis were doing too. Don’t ever feel like you aren’t good enough for yoga. Yoga is a practice that is tailored so that you can modify any pose to what feels good for you! Ive been practicing solidly for 4-5 years and just recently started doing headstands and things out of my comfort zone. It takes a lot of consistent practice. I mean honestly I can barely touch my toes, i’m not perfect! That’s just how my body is. Everyone’s body is different, but it also depends on how much you train your muscles to work with you. You should feel great about yourself for trying something new! The more you practice the better you will feel! Good luck :)