Are you seeking new adventures away from the mundane and your everyday life? I'm right there with you. Below is a montage of my semester-long journey in Sippy Downs, Australia, a small town on the east coast of Australia, which is about an hour north from the city of Brisbane. The four months I spent in this beautiful country opened my eyes to countless possibilities and perspectives. Although it was a relatively short stay, I traveled the country extensively, and I forged lifelong bonds with people from Australia, Europe, Africa, and even people from my homeland— the United States. Embracing this new culture and exploring unseen roads and alternate views truly altered my life goals, enriching and rejuvenating my perspective on reality. It showed me that stereotypes and preconceived notions were absurd and that we all hold different views of how the world is or how it should be. With this being said, we also have much in common with people from all over the globe, even if they appear or think much differently than ourselves. Keeping an open mind and an open heart when meeting and conversing with new and foreign people can change your entire outlook on life and how you view yourself. It is truly astounding what can be gained from interacting with other people, who are from other countries and who speak foreign languages. We only need to be willing to accept and learn, which causes us to grow.
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In addition to the broadening of my cultural horizons, this trip and video project solidified my passion for filmmaking and traveling. After completing this time-consuming edit, I had a revelation about what I want to do with my remaining years— travel the globe making films and write about my experiences ;)
It has been nearly a year since I returned from Aussieland, which is nearly 10,000 miles away from my home in northeastern Massachusetts. I have continued creating films, including a short film about independent baseball, which was a finalist on a seven-part series featured on a regional sports network (NESN). Three weeks ago, I graduated from Worcester State University with a degree in Communication, and now I'm at a crossroads in my life, wondering what path I will embark on.
My former professor at WSU recently asked me to join him and a research team on a faculty-led trip to the Amazon Rainforest in August. If this grant is accepted by the university, I will tag along to film and document the journey. Words cannot describe how exciting it would be to take advantage of an unbelievable opportunity like this one! I will be sure to keep my readers up-to-date on the status of this potential adventure.
I still have a long, winding road ahead if I want to bring my goal to fruition, but I hope that this will be a step in the right direction.
In conclusion, I would like to express my goal for writing this blog. By creating a new post every week or two, I want to inspire others to travel and explore the world around them, even if their trips are nearby their homes. Additionally, I hope that my passion will create a spark in someone else, propelling them to follow their own dreams, whatever those may be.
Remember that we create our lives, and we have the power to pursue anything if there is enough will and dedication behind it. Limits are imaginary, and walls are meant for tearing down.
Break Your Boundaries.