Everybody Is Running Away

By Cesar Romero

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover”. -Mark Twain.

People think that I’m running away from a normal life with my travels.

My parents once told me that they hoped this “travel phase” would pass quickly so I could settle down and get a conventional job.

My friends always ask me “are you ever going to stop traveling?”.

The general perception out there is that traveling is something that you do (if you have time) in college or while you go on short vacations. Anything opposite of this and you are considered a fugitive, running away from settling down and following the conventional path.

The truth is that they are right.

I’m running away.

I’m running away from the conventional path, cubicle life, and living for the weekends.

I’m running away from living a life where most people die with their gifts still in their hands.

I’m running away from reading about it and wish I had done it.

And to that matter, we are all either running away or running towards something.

I want to experience the world, every culture, eat delicious food, and meet new people around the world with different lifestyle than mine.

Best thing about this is that my wonderful fiance is totally on board with this and we are both running towards the same travel lifestyle.

People who travel constantly are not running away from life. Just the opposite. They are running towards true living, doing things differently, and inspiring others to break the mold.

Life is so short and we only get one shot to make the best out of it.

A few weeks ago, a good friend of mine (unexpectedly) passed away during his travels through South America. He went swimming in the pacific ocean in Costa Rica when all of a sudden an unexpected riptide came and took him away. We are all still in shock and we are hoping they find his body so his family can have proper closure.

We had the opportunity to connect the week before this tragic event happened and he told me that he had never been happier in his life running away from the conventional path and running towards a life of travel, meaning, and purpose; he was excited to finally embrace his gifts and give them away to the world.

He finally broke the mold and started living outside the norm; true living!

We try so desperately to fit in with society’s expectations and be considered normal because we are afraid of disappointing the people around us.

Well I say FUCK normal!

What about disappointing yourself for not creating the life you want?

I’m running away from the biggest regret people have when they reach their deathbed: “I wish I had done this when I had the time”.

I’m running towards experiencing the world, giving my gifts away, and creating a meaningful life.

The best part about it is that I’m not alone and I have found my tribe.

And I never plan to look back.