We are coming in on the last three months of an incredible epic journey. In many ways, we are returning home much different people than we were when we left. Most of all, it has been a joy to watch my children grow and develop in ways none of us could have known were possible. They have gained new understanding about themselves and the world we live in.
Transformation is bound to happen when you take nine months out of your life and put yourself in situations and cultures you know nothing about. You change your perspectives and discover new things about yourself.
For example, John has always wanted to be an avid reader, but wasn’t. So far on the trip he has read over 20 books and found some great authors he follows. I didn’t know I liked writing, but come to find out I do. Allison loves design and color and loves using her vivid imagination to tell stories. Riley has learned he likes making art with words and photographs he has taken or designs he has created.
It takes courage to explore and immerse yourself with a regular onslaught of new things. We have done that and will continue to do that even after we get home because the payoff is big, and it’s great for expanding the bucket list, too.
Of course, you don’t have to leave home for nine months to be transformed, to find yourself. Yet I am convinced that we have to go beyond where we are in some way for it to happen. There’s a reason we are told to stretch beyond our comfort zone. It’s because outside that zone is where parts of us are we haven’t even met yet, parts of us that are waiting to show us something new we can do or feel or offer.