Photo by Jeff Bauche
I love travel. But more than that, I love backpacking. I never feel more alive than when my possessions are bundled into a 20kg pack, I have money in the bank, my passport in my pocket and no idea where tomorrow will take me.
One of the things I really love about backpacking, and that I miss when I return home after months away, is the friends you make on the road.
There is something about people being out of their comfort zone and away from family, friends and their community that allows everyone to free up, shake off their adopted social persona and be much more real.
I am the purest version of myself when I am backpacking. I rarely get stressed, even when I’m lost, stranded and everything goes wrong ( and that happens all the time when you’re backpacking in third world countries). I am not caught up in the little annoyances of life. There are no imposed responsibilities and obligations and I don’t have to please anyone but myself.
Backpacking is total freedom. Life cut back to basics. For me, backpacking is my idea of heaven.
Okay, I get it, you like backpacking! But what does this have to do with blogging?
If you’re anything like me, blogging is a world that is your own. It doesn’t exist for the family, for calculated career advancement, or to elevate your status.
Blogging is a pure expression of you. It is a way to connect, share and add some inspiration to your life.
Backpacking is exactly the same.
I am as obsessed with blogging as I am with backpacking.
On the road, people are much more open with each other than they are in the ‘real world’. We’re alone or traveling in a duo and we are all trying to work our way through a foreign land, and maybe even a foreign language.
Fellow travelers become our new network, and unlike at home where making new friends may be an anomaly, on the road it is a necessity unless you plan on talking to yourself for weeks on end. Fun and adventure don’t tend to go with complete isolation.
Because we are all seeking connection, backpackers rarely bother with the kind of pointless chitchat you might talk about home (interest rates, your lousy boss etc). We get to know each other much quicker on the road. We share ourselves, our stories, our problems, our life lessons, fears, hopes and dreams.
On the road conversations have a depth and an honesty that I love. I hate meaningless conversation. I like to discuss inspirational stuff - personal goals, world issues, big ideas, my novel! I like to support people to push themselves through self imposed barriers to new levels of personal freedom and happiness.
Is any of this sounding familiar?
Bloggers Create Communities Just Like Backpackers
Blogging creates a similar world to backpacking in that we share, we bond, and we get personal about our own life journeys. We form a global community where we support each other and our projects, and it is irrelevant where we come from or what we do. What is important is who we are and that we see ourselves in each other.
The people who comment on my blog, and whose blogs I read and comment on regularly are my online world. You are my friends, my confidants and a vital part of my everyday life experience.
SHE-POWER and the blogasphere helps me connect with others, be myself and continue my journey in self development and writing from the comfort of my living room. Blogging has opened my eyes to technology and new possibilities and it has helped me shake off the shackles of my people pleasing ways.
Blogging has changed my life just as much as backpacking.
Thank You To My Blogging Friends
Today, I want to pay tribute to all my blogging friends, who listen to my ravings, provide me with inspiration, opinions, laughs, thought provoking material, a shoulder to cry on, and an outlet that is all mine. Just like backpacking.
I’m talking about you:
And I’d also like to acknowledge some new readers and new blogging friends. Welcome to my little corner of the blogaspehere, guys and I hope to learn much more about you.
And special mention to Roz, Shelley and Donna who drop in from my real life to share my online world. I really appreciate the support, ladies.
Of course the problem with naming your friends in public is I am opening myself up for an anxiety attack as I wonder “Did I forget anybody?”
I hope not.