We all have our own personal journey, yet I would like to propose that evolving is part of everyone’s path. Going beyond geographical borders is as easy as buying travel tickets, but not everybody is affected by the process in the same way. We don’t all travel for the same reasons and we are not all here for the same reasons. Or are we? Unlike other species, our self awareness, consciousness and a certain sense of being part of something much bigger out there, might prompt us to probe these questions further. To do so, we have to tear ourselves away from a multitude of modern distractions. We are bogged down with modern conveniences, appliances, games and applications, and we have more forms of entertainment than time. We are highly advanced and, at the same time, stagnant. Despite everything we have or have not achieved, we may occasionally become aware that our current environment might not readily allow the type of further individual growth we sometimes crave for. There are many ways of going beyond personal borders, but travelling purposefully is arguably the ideal method.
To travel is to evolve when travelling is consciously used as the vehicle to go beyond personal borders.
To evolve is to always attempt to shift the borders of our own limitations beyond their current borders.
To evolve is to expand our life experiences in order to learn more from life beyond the borders of the conventional.
To evolve is to continue facing our fears and to overcome them beyond the borders of the limitations they have imposed on us.
To evolve is to become autonomous in our thoughts beyond the borders of collective thinking and conditioning.
As an individual, going beyond the borders of what we think is personally possible will shape and enhance the person uniquely on his or her own path.
To travel is to open the mind. The “risk” with opening the mind is that you could possibly open the sluices and temporarily “flood the dam”, because you may have to reconsider treasured reference points. This can initially be quite an unsettling, unnerving, exciting experience. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Text and photograph by Jean-Jacques Montagnier