Reflections of a Twenty Somethin' World Traveler

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Reflections of a Twenty Somethin' World Traveler

By: Briana Elmore

In the spirit of living your best life while taking advantage of new opportunities to love yourself, international travel can be an instrument that assists in your discovery of self. International travel gives you the exposure to differing cultures that enrich your perspective of self and the world. With growing perspectives, you are able to examine and define how you can use your purpose to leave your mark on the world. I highly suggest traveling in your twenties. It grants you the room to have your freedom to grow and expand your horizons. 

Recently, I have been blessed with the opportunity of traveling to South Africa. This trip has taught me so much about myself and the influence that I want to have on the world. During my trip, I was able to really appreciate the natural beauty of the landscapes while taking advantage of the adventures that are offered in South Africa.

Aside from the beautiful scenery and opportunities to engage in new experiences, the biggest benefit that I gained from my traveling was my personal growth.  I was able to connect to my self-confidence like never before. Certainly, one does not have to go an international trip to become confident but this trip helped me appreciate living in the moment. I was able to soak in the moments that I was given in one of the most beautiful places in the world. I overwhelmingly felt like I did not want to be anyone else or be in any other place during my time in South Africa. I was able to reflect on myself and all of my accomplishments and failures that led me to that moment and I was so inspired to accept all of the things that made me who I am and will contribute to my development as a woman.

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I also had the opportunity to expand the depth of my humanity. I had exposure to the different living conditions of the people of South Africa that illuminated my understanding of the blessings that I have in my own life. This experience ignited the desire to give more of myself and talents to the benefit of others in my future pursuit of my purpose. Exposure to the historical significance of South Africa gave me such a connection to my inner activist. I learned so much more about the political and social plight that the people of South Africa were subjected to for years and are still working to dismantle. The revelation of those struggles combined with the knowledge of the civil rights struggles in American history for people of color has inspired my drive to make a meaningful impact on the world.

 I now understand how I can tap into my purpose more to grow into a woman with the influence. I aspire to give to others with different socioeconomic, civil rights, and political freedom statuses a voice through my work.  Visiting the Motherland has given me a new lease on my sense of self that has positively impacted the trajectory of my future. This trip has given me everything that I did not know I needed to be my best self. I will forever hold the lessons and revelations of this trip dear to my heart. The work that I produce will now reflect the depth of intention that I experienced from my time in South Africa. I am now unapologetically self confident and rooted in history to relentlessly pursue my purpose.