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1. Posted by DriftingInBliss (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I'm a traveler and somewhat on a spiritual quest.. I have been across the country and back several times.. what I'm asking is.. has anyone else been on a journey like this to where they are torn between going back and going forward... I left my entire life for this life.. I could go back and something could happen that is hurtful to myself and others.. if anyone has any advice or if someone is doing a similar thing please share with me on this type of travel..

2. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 933 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

This question is odd because it's both very specific and very vague at the same time.

Every choice includes sacrifice of some kind. But not all choices are forever. If you've been on the road a while and feel like coming off to work. Do it. If that doesn't work out like you hoped, the road is always there.

3. Posted by dwk061000 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I think the important thing is you always want to be moving forward - it doesn't matter the circumstance, the decision, or where you are.

I've made lots of decisions I wish I could have done differently. I've failed many times over and over before. I've tried to "run away" from problems and have tried to cope using different escapes (which included traveling, etc.)

What I've realized though is in the grand scheme of things, you can choose to grow as a person from whatever circumstance you're in or you can "waste your life" by not doing anything.

To give you a more personal example, at the beginning of the year I lost almost everything I had in a lawsuit I felt was extremely unfair. We just didn't catch some mistakes in some contracts and it felt like everything I had built in the last half decade was gone. In essence, I moved "backwards".

I wanted to run away. And I sort of did by traveling around the world. But it was through my travels, I realized a lot of things... including what I just mentioned. I took that tragedy as something to learn and grow from. And the hardest part of it was just learning how to forgive and have deeper empathy for human beings. Afterall, a lot of times issues arise from broken families, hard circumstances, etc.

When I went around the world, I met a number of amazing people that helped me restart my life and come back excited to embrace whatever lies ahead.

All that to say, circumstances can change you for the worse or better. I hope you choose the latter.

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4. Posted by goodfish (Budding Member 104 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

“If I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with.”

Dorothy, "Wizard of Oz"

5. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Respected Member 348 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting goodfish

“If I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with.”

Dorothy, "Wizard of Oz"

There's a book by Thomas Wolfe (Look Homeward Angel) and I think the title expresses more or less the same thought.

Really, unless you can time travel, I do not know how traveling can be anything but forward, even when you physically go back to a place. I like to go back to places where I have been before, and sometimes I am disappointed in what the place has become and sometimes I am happy to be back there. But I'm not very introspective. I have no time for people who complain about 'broken dreams'. Actually I think dreams belong in your mind when you are asleep. If you want to accomplish something, don't just dream about it. Have a logical and common sense plan. And if you fail to implement the plan, or something happens to disrupt the plan, then make another plan.

6. Posted by Teoni (Full Member 193 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I could go back and something could happen that is hurtful to myself and others

Without knowing the specific details it is hard to judge your situation, but I think at the end of the day bad things can happen anywhere. If you can go back and rectify a situation then you should at least try. If there is no way to fix it or make it bearable, then you need to leave it behind, move on and take the lessons that prevents you from ending up in a similar situation. Out of curiosity which country is it that you have been travelling?

7. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1853 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

If you want to wander around the world looking for spiritual guidance - go for it! Providing you do no harm to others and you pay your own way!

If you are running out on family obligations such as child support this is not the time to go on a quest to "find yourself!"

If you think you may be harmful to yourself or others you might want to consider some professional help.