The Whole World, My Home

June 09, 2016

Camel riding in the desert safari

I have been in love with the idea of traveling abroad since briefly living in Barinas,Venezuela, at 16 as a three-month American Field Service exchange student. That first trip outside of the United States expanded me; I was new. When I returned to high school for my senior year, I honestly felt like a conqueror. I mean, suddenly, the entire world felt available to me. 

Realizing life outside of what is your everyday reality, which can sometimes feel like all there is, increases you. 

Last Saturday, I returned from Doha, Qatar, equally as electrified as I had been 25 years ago; I'm most impacted by trips to locales that are furthest from my norm. Qatar Airways invited me to the opulent desert destination and capital of the peninsular Persian (Arabian) Gulf country for its inaugural direct flight out of Atlanta. When I started writing about my travels 7 years ago, this was the moment I dreamed about. It was a moment that eclipsed all of the "what ifs" that had been able to slip in and out of my thoughts over the past few years because it was confirmation that not only does God always know what's best for me, but that he has his best in mind for me. 

Qatar Airways A380 on the runway at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

I'll tell you all about my trip in a future post, but for now, I'll simply say — chase your dreams ... chase increase like tomorrow isn't promised. Because it isn't. 


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