In the beginning…
In the beginning was a dream. A dream I always think of, a desire to see the world, a passion to explore.
I woke up one day and found myself worrying about my age. Yes, I was not getting any younger and I wasn’t fulfilling my dream. Life has become a routine.
Take a bath.
I wonder if I can still call it LIFE. There needs to be change and I don’t expect that be given by boss, parents or colleague. I should
stand up, run and chase that dream. That day, it was NOW or NEVER.
I didn’t pursue it without a plan, far from it. I was planning to reorder my LIFE, I was reflecting on what I love most (traveling and inspiring the young people) when I run, praying that somehow my life would echo into eternity.
I was running…
So before I’m done with my day job, I began to blog- it was at first a RUNNING blog, where I chronicled my first marathon training. I took up running because I want to see places and running is the cheapest way- its FREE and HEALTHY too.
The last cheque came and I was still enjoying abundance but then after some months of being unemployed I began to feel my poverty. My savings almost depleted. It was the time where I focused on my DREAM again.
I looked for my old Philippine map, the map that was hanging beside my bed when I was still in college. I pinned it where I can always see it. Day in, day out it was a reminder, a goal, a target.
The last money…
I checked on my balance and if I remember it right, it was less than Php4,000.00 Yep, I was that poor. That was my last money, no nothing more. So I thought about my dream and how to pursue it. I have to do it now or never. I should try, my last money would be spent while I stay home anyway. So I posed myself a challenge- 14 Days Solo Backpacking Challenge. Here are some of my words 2 years ago,
“Come July 6 (Tuesday), I am embarking on the longest backpacking journey yet in my life. Armed with courage, confidence, backpack, running shoes and camera… I want to do this solo because I don’t want to be in a hurry, stopping if I want to stop, take more time in some places, meet and make new friends along the way. My route would be Negros Occidental – Guimaras – Iloilo – Capiz –Aklan – Boracay – Carabao Island – Romblon – Batangas – Laguna (home). I will be bringing my 35L TNF bag, clothes good for 7 days (I will do laundry along the way), hammock and running shoes of course. The hammock will serve as my room/lodging most of the trip to save money. Challenge: Simple but almost impossible, to spend no more than PhP250/day or less all-in (US$6/day). At first, I’m very hesitant on this but because I want to encourage everyJuan that traveling is not only for the rich and famous, I will try my very best to do this. This means that I will be spending P3,500.00 (US$80) for the whole duration of the journey.”
That 14-Day Solo Backpacking on Western Visayas back home didn’t came easy, but it was a success.
After that, I was broke but was satisfied of my accomplishment. From the beginning of the planning until I write my blogs about it I felt LIFE. I was living my life again. I was not doing my regular routine, I was spontaneous, I was pursuing my dream, I BECAME ME.
So I began to love writing, blogging and I thought it would be great to pitch my adventure to magazines. I joined blogging contest and worked hard to be noticed. This is the JOURNEY That Made Me a Travel Blogger.
Please visit my ARCHIVES, please check November 2010-December 2011.
Wait, I almost forget that I was part of Lakbay Norte 3.
Because I was doing what I love doing, I felt no pressure. I was smiling. Opportunities came, lots of and I continued to find of ways to improve and up the ante until I finally reached one of my dreams- to travel the whole Philippines. And that is what JourneyingJames is most known for: ISANGDAAN: The Most Epic Travel Challenge in the Philippines- A Success!
Now that I’m enjoying life to the fullest would I stop? NO WAY.
Consider for example someone who is very thirsty after walking miles and miles up in the mountains. Then he finally finds a spring, would you think he would be satisfied in just finding it. He would come to it, drink from it, pour some on his forehead, enjoy it, revel at it. He would come for more!
That’s me who found a spring and I want more…
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