03.05.2009 21 °C
I am at the Yoho Hostel in Salzberg, Austria right now and I am in awe of the people I have met. My roommates ranged from students, to a rodeo bull rider, from Australia!!!
After we introduced ourselves we all started in on the customary, what do you do, how long are you here for etc., etc.. Only this time, I was really impressed by these girls. 3 were from the US studying engineering in Berlin. They have taken ripe advantage of their time here and have travelled a great deal in Europe. I remember when I was in university, I didn't travel because 1, it was not an option, 2, I didn't even know such things were possible (small vision and all that) and 3, I would never have left home even if I did know about these options. I was impressed with these girls, who were no more than 23, as they have been all over Germany, visited Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Italy, The UK, France. And, they are just starting.
I was truly inspired by the other roommate from Australia. She was on her way, via an ATW ticket, to Alberta, Canada to work as a bull/horse rider. I was shocked. If you look at this woman, you would never tell that she gets down and dirty like that as she is very girly-girly. But, what made me admire her was the passion and fire she had in her eyes when she was talking about her passion. She loves what she does and couldn't wait to arrive. Talk about passion. Not only does she ride bulls, she is a teacher by trade. Wow!! Some people just seem to do it all.
I also met 2 other women who also love to travel and took chunks of time off from work to explore the world. Once again, I voiced my concern about money and obligations and they were nonplussed. Why should they not follow their passions because of a job? That was just stupid. All this information renews my already burning passions to change my life. Now I know that the only thing that stops me, would be me.