We are from the same place, but we’re both gone from there now. The place defined by it’s proximity to better places, a nameless suburb shoved between the wealthy ones on the lake and the skyline that gives it value.

Although the particulars of the moment were anything but cinematic, “The Adventure” played in my head for good reason. He opened up a whole universe to me that night: a boundless unknown I’d never understood I could explore.

Travel with your friends and drink good wine and laugh until your sides hurt. But also travel to explore and learn and understand life with a new perspective. Travel to meet locals and share in their joys and heart aches. Be uncomfortable and lonely. Because in the midst of the fear and unease, you will discover something far more beautiful than any picture on Instagram.