In that moment, I felt I had no history, no reputation, no expectation, and no obligation to be who I had been yesterday.

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For me, “far enough” was Australia.

The year was 1996. I was 20 years old and on a 16 hour flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia, when, in an instant, I was moved to tears by the realization – and the profound freedom – that NO ONE, in the entire country that I was on my way to, to live in for the next 6 months, had any preconceived notion of who I was.

Forty thousand feet in the air, this was a time-stopping awareness for me.

And seeing as the woman seated next to me on the plane ALSO had no preconceived notion of who I was, I didn’t hold back. I allowed myself to feel it. Tears of relief streamed down my face in tandem with the release and the profound opening that was happening in my chest.  Sitting on that airplane, I processed a sudden and life-altering realization of a new kind of freedom.

It was a freedom that had only come from traveling far enough to meet myself.

In that moment, I felt I had no history, no reputation, no expectation, and no obligation to be who I had been yesterday.

I was just me. On a plane. Luggage in tow. Enroute to a new land, for a 6 month journey.

I grew up in a really small New England town where everyone knew everyone. Every trip I went on up to that point, was with people I knew. Some high school classmates went to the same college I did. Not bad things, but it’s important to understand that up until this singular moment on the plane, I had never known the experience of not being known.

I had never known the experience of others not having any preconceived expectations about who I am.  I suddenly had – and was – a blank slate. I could be just me – whoever that was.

Me, with no one to please, and no pre-conceived notions or expectations influencing me.

IT WAS SO PROFOUNDLY FREEING!

christmasI wiped my tears and smiled at the lady in the seat next to me.

Little did I know, she would end up hosting me, opening her home along with her family of five, for a full week during a visit I’d make to Brisbane that December. She even asked me to stay for Christmas, insisting that I should be with a family. I was touched, but I declined, having made plans to meet my “framily” of other international students who’d agreed to meet on Bondi Beach in Sydney for Christmas (think: Christmas in a bathing suit, with a santa hat).  🙂

All this to say ….

If you want to get closer to the truth of yourself: travel.

And travel plus coaching is a truly life-altering combination!

It really can’t be understated: the power of receiving coaching while on an international travel journey is the ULTIMATE opportunity to grow and to meet yourself: as an individual, as a citizen of the world and, in this case, as a leader. It’s this combination that makes the Nomadic Leaders program so incredibly unique:  Travel is integrated into coaching.  And coaching is integrated into travel.

You can only have this level, and this kind, of personal development and leadership education, while you travel.

Add that you’ll also be amongst a community of some of the most extraordinary people you’ll ever meet – individuals who, like you, are also committed to this awesome and expansive growth journey … and the possibilities are truly boundless.

So, here’s a question to seriously consider:  Who do you think YOU would be, if no one knew who you were?