It’s not easy being a nervous person.
I worry about the most mundane parts of my life, like answering the phone when I don’t know the number on the caller ID. Sometimes I worry just about meeting up with a group of new people. I’ve struggled with these small, minor details for as long as I can remember. Most of the time, I would say my nerves have been manageable, but there have been the times where I have too much stress to subdue and I wake up in the middle of the night in full-blown panic attacks.
The doctor’s diagnosis of “generalized anxiety disorder” a few years ago came sort of as a relief and not a shock.
Finally, my fears of being put on the spot, dining awkwardly alone and riding on a new bus line were justified. Cool.
And yet, a person like myself has managed to travel solo, often to crazy parts of the world. Seems a bit unnatural, doesn’t it?
Ever since I first mentioned on my blog about my anxiety and depression issues in the past, I’ve received a fair few emails from readers who also suffer from these issues — especially the anxiety. One email I recently received talked about one man’s goal to fly despite intense anxiety and fear.
His motivation: to meet up with someone he really likes.
This example proves that people will do something scary or unbelievable when the motivation is strong enough.
For me, I set off to travel solo despite my own personal fears and overall desire to not have to do it alone.
My motivation: the idea that if I don’t do it now, I might not have the chance in the future.
It’s funny. My anxiety, the main factor that makes me all nervous and insecure about travel in the first place, is the same factor that forces me to get my butt out there on the road.
It is for this reason that I know if I can travel the world, you can, too.
Anxiety towards travel affects me in many ways, but I’m lucky that this worry about missing opportunities while I’m alive pushes me to get past it. I’ve mentioned before that my anxiety is also a reason why I tend to be very spontaneous with my travel plans because if I think too much about it, I may psyche myself out. Instead, I’d rather just book a ticket immediately and not plan too much than let my mind wander and race and worry.
Over the coming weeks, I plan to touch more on the different areas of travel anxiety. Those may include:
- anxiety with saving enough money to travel
- anxiety towards flying to travel
- anxiety towards traveling solo
While we’re at it, why not mention something you have fear or anxiety towards and your motivation for overcoming it.