Yes, be a traveler. For it’s the only way to be.
Travelers vs. Balconeers
In his book, Knowing God, JI Packer says:
[There’s] “Two types of people on the road, travelers and balconeers. Travelers have practical problems that call for answers with comprehension and decision and action.
Balconeers have a need for a theoretical answer of how evil exists with the sovereignty of God, the problem of evil.”
Get off the balcony. Be a person of decision and action.
Lead in a direction. Make mistakes. Be it you fall, and you will. You will get back up and persist to another one. Do lead in a direction.
President Teddy Roosevelt said it best:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
Be it a sweeping success or a harrowing failure, be a traveler. Enjoy the journey and love the road.
GK Chesterton said, “The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.”
Not always but sometimes. Just go. Open up, free the constraints, move.
Try something new, just be, just do and just enjoy. Learn to love the road and enjoy the journey, it’s important.
Definitely, be a traveler.