“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.”- Lao Tzu
While searching for a good quote to start this blog post, I found this quote from Lao Tzu that describes my spring break road trip from Cairns to Bryon Bay, Australia, perfectly. The only thing we had set in stone on our eight day road trip was that we had to be in Whitsunday’s on Wednesday. Everything else was up in the air. It was nine of us, two Jucy camper vans and almost 2,000 kilometers of endless possibilities. It was the best week of my life and the start of the rest of it.
For those who didn’t know me before this road trip, I hated not knowing what was going to happen next. I annoyed my friends constantly with questions about what the plan was or who was going to be there. So, while living on the road in Australia and changing plans at every whim, I had to learn how to be comfortable with serendipity. In fact, I fell in love with it. I fell in the love with the fact that we would get separated within the first ten minutes of driving, and then only communicate through whiteboard signs, even though we had walkie-talkies. I fell in love with the fact that you could find yourself poorly playing ukulele, while laying on hammock, at a closed petrol station in the middle of nowhere. I fell in love with not needing to know where I was going because I already knew, I was right where I was supposed to be.
Another night on the road trip helped to enforce my love for this phenomenon. After the day of just driving and looking for anything interesting we could find, we found Agnes Waters. Agnes Waters is where I had the most breathtaking moment of my life. When we parked to explore and use the restrooms, exploring is exactly what I did. On a giant hill where you could see wilderness and miles and miles of blue from the ocean on both sides and my natural curiosity, there is no wonder how I ended up alone several kilometers away from our camp site. After searching and searching for the perfect spot to watch sunset, I found a giant boulder on a rocky beach to sit down in awe on. While watching that sunset I felt at peace with everything, with nature, with the world, God, and most importantly myself. As a boat drove by, every regret, I have ever had in my life drifted away because without all the mistakes I have made in my life, I would not have been there in that exact moment to enjoy such a beautiful sight. Every experience, I have ever encountered in my life led me to that moment, the good and the bad. From that sunset on, I’ve learned to embrace the lows because they make the highs feel even higher. Everyone tells you these types generic sayings all the time, but I think they are so popular because they are so simple but yet, they are so true. Something as simple as embracing the lows because the highs make everything worth it can change your life. Through that epiphany, I have learned to live in the moment and just enjoy the ride. This has made me a smarter, more fun, all around better person, and I have studying abroad to thank for this.
Dallas Husar is a student at Susquehanna University and studied abroad with IFSA-Butler at Griffith University, Gold Coast, in 2014.