Destinations Magazine

Everything is Impossible, Until It Happens

By Davedtc @davedtc

In late 2013, I decided to ride a bicycle through Africa in an attempt to turn my life around. My parents had passed away back home in Ireland but, to tell the truth, it was not their memory that had dislodged my equilibrium, it was me indulging in self-destruction. It all seemed so impossible on the airplane as I sat reading a beginner’s manual about how to repair punctures, but after a year spent riding through deserts, mountains, remote wilderness, and wildlife corridors, I returned home to appear in a series of newspaper, radio, and television interviews.

I had a need to recall this journey recently, and then to put it back in the archive of my past again with the rest of my travel memories. For the old axiom is right; no matter what has happened in your life, you need to keep moving forward and, regardless of how impossible something may seem, nothing ever is.

Bicycle and the desert

Cycling into the Namib Desert, Namibia

After the Africa Cycle Tour

Having spent an entire year living alone in a tent, and riding a bicycle through empty landscapes, I found it impossible to settle back into my old lifestyle. I had taken on the role of a travel agent in Canada, but it didn’t feel right to me, sitting behind a desk. Telling other people where to travel and what to do when they got there, seemed like a terribly odd thing to be doing given that all I wanted to do was to travel to these places myself.

I was also writing about the previous year’s adventures, but with so little stimulation in my new life, this was also proving impossible. The truth is, it felt as though time was somehow leaving me behind when I really should have been taking on more adventures, not thinking about the last one. I had given myself six months to let everything, “settle down again,” but as August collided with September, almost a year had passed and I was no closer to the moon than I was to settling down.

It was terrifying to step into the unknown and not have anything to fall back on, especially given how I had no real experience or blueprint for what I wanted to do. In my head I was fearing the worst, in my heart it seemed like the right choice, and in the end there was no option but to take a risk on doing something I loved, rather than staying to, almost certainly, wither away.

Solo traveler in Angkor Wat

Derek Cullen in Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Everything Is Impossible

I gained so much perspective from the year I spent riding a bicycle through Africa, and it did genuinely change everything about my life at the time, but it also highlighted something about the present that wasn’t quite right, and something which needed to change – fast.

The fact was, that in the time following those solo travel adventures, I realised there was nothing to be gained from relying on past glories, and there was no reward for settling down either. The adventure through Africa was incredible, it would never be forgotten, but it was over, and it was far too recent to still be thinking about it when there were many more adventures waiting for me.

I didn’t want to sit behind a desk anymore, and I didn’t really care if I failed, because even that would bring an end to the time I had spent withering away and leave me free to pursue something truly worthwhile – to become a solo travel blogger. I thought it was beyond me to become a travel blogger, maybe even impossible, but as the train pulled into a remote station in Northern Thailand, I thought to myself:

Everything Is Impossible – Until It Happens.

Backpacker at the airport

Derek Culle, Solo Travel Blogger @NoHangingAround


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Skinny Creamy Italian Vanilla Gelato / Fior Di Latte Gelato - Made with Minimal...

    Skinny Creamy Italian Vanilla Gelato Fior Latte Made with Minimal Sugar Cream

    version; Today, I will be sharing a fantastic gelato recipe!Is gelato the same as ice cream?Although gelato is the Italian word for ice cream, both are... Read more

    The 21 October 2018 by   Zoebakeforhappykids
    FOOD & DRINK, RECIPES
  • How To Make Your Boyfriend Give You Money Without Asking Him

    Money has always been a sensitive issue in a relationship. Women like it when their boyfriend pays for dinner, movie ticket, and other dating expenses. Read more

    The 21 October 2018 by   Naijapary
    SOCIETY, A-CLASSER
  • Discover the Nature and Beauty of the High Mountain Environments in the Valle...

    Discover Nature Beauty High Mountain Environments Valle d'Aosta.

    Aosta Valley is the smallest region in Italy; in its northwest, it is located between France and Switzerland. At its core are its majestic peaks (the region... Read more

    The 21 October 2018 by   Hugor
    DESTINATIONS
  • The Autumn 100 - My Ultra Comeback

    I thought I made pretty good time getting to the turnaround point. Now I was pleased it was downhill all the way to Goring, except there still seemed to be load... Read more

    The 21 October 2018 by   Jamesrichardadams
    FITNESS, OTHER SPORTS, SPORTS
  • When You Should Come In To Net

    When Should Come

    One of the main goals in doubles tennis is to take the net, as it decreases the likelihood of hitting the ball into the net and gives you better angles to put... Read more

    The 21 October 2018 by   Jen Campbell
  • …Root, Root, Root

    …Root, Root, Root

    As the end of October comes into view so too does the beginning of the 2018 World Series. This year sees the Boston Red Sox take on the LA Dodgers in a battle o... Read more

    The 21 October 2018 by   Zer
    SELF EXPRESSION
  • Loneliness Limited

    Loneliness Limited

    Is anyone here a fan of the writings of the American author Kurt Vonnegut? He was quite fashionable in the 1960s and early 1970s but I think his cachet is not... Read more

    The 21 October 2018 by   Ashleylister
    BOOKS, CREATIVITY, CULTURE, SELF EXPRESSION