I am not in a relationship. I don’t have a car that’s nice or even works very well. A�I live out of suitcases. A�Many times, home feels like the airplane. A�I don’tA�sleep much. A�I sometimes wonder how I will pay rent or wistfully wish I was in a more lucrative career. A�But,A�I would say that I am happy. A�Very, very much so…
Jumping on street trampolines in Copenhagen, Denmark
so, incredibly happy and excited about life and about everyday. A�And here’s why I believe my state of emotion is such: A�BecauseA�I choose to push myself into adventures that create amazing memories, spending my time, money, and energy on experiences as opposed to others’ expectations of me or society’s norms. A�As opposed to simply ‘things.’
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Of course I’m not above caring what other people think of me or have no interest in sparkly cars or trendy clothes. A�And shoes. A�Of course shoes. A�But, I trust that nice ‘things’ will happen in my life as I invest in myself, my goals, and my purpose. A�Travel is an investment.A� You re-create how you see other people and how you see the world when you travel. A�You learn to get lost and find yourself again. A�You become you. A�I know that when I travel and through my job, I am creating anA�ability to connect and relate to peopleA�all over the world, and although that may alienate me from those that stay in one place and with those that don’t dream, those types are not necessarily people that I admire, want to befriend, or learn from anyway. A�You becomeA�like the five people you spend the most time with. A�Remember that.A�
Often this generation becomes trapped by ‘nice things’ before taking part in the freedom of experiences. A�Too soon there is college debt, car payments, and New York or San Francisco style expensive rents. A�There exists a job that restricts creativity and time, leaving only the experiences of an office left, and two weeks of vacationA�per year. A�Sadly, I understand that this is often the only choice for many.
Science has actually studiedA�how experiences gift a sense of longterm happiness more so than purchases do as there is a diminishing return found over time in overall satisfaction with stuff. A�We become bored and fall into the trap that there is always something new and better. A�AskA�yourself this: “When will ‘enough’ be enough?” The answer to that is enough will never be enough if it cannot be enough right now. A�If you are not enough in your failure, you will never be enough in your success.
I’m the perfectionist; ultra ambitious and extremely self-critical. A�There are many days when I still do not feel like I am enough, and when I think this way, I have to check myself. A�I check myself by focusing on gratitude. A�I think of how thankful I am for my friends. A�Thankful for my family. And thankful for my varied life experiences that I have been able to find and pack into the last few years.
Recently, a new experience that I am part of is being a Brand Ambassador for a travel app– a travel app that allows users to see and share only positive reviewed experiences.
This is such a cool opportunity as it is a benchmark to me, personally showing how far that I have come in my ‘outside of flying career.’ A�Every time that I have pushed myself beyond my comfort zone into something new, opportunities that I did not expect have presented themselves. A�Don’t ever tell me you cannot be who you want to be and do what you want to do. A�I wasn’t born a writer, but have worked hard to become one. A�This platform and blog was not handed to me. A�Although, I started out in a pretty good place in life, I did not start out at a good place when I became a flight attendant. A�Nothing has been handed to me. A�I have sacrificed to be a traveler. A�I have fielded heartbreak, loneliness, and self-doubt. A�I’m just like you. A�Don’t think that I am extra special or something. A�Create yourself. A�Create your happiness.
Kara is a Brand Ambassador for HeyLets, the social city and travel guide based on positivity, making it easy for travelers to find experiences based on what they like. A�Download the app with this link http://hey.li/1CEBjgEA�and use that same link to share the app with all of your friends. A�All thoughts are not directed by any company or outside entity and our strictly Kara’s personalA�reflections.A�