bilan travels // 5 things i would tell a younger self

Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth. – Rumi

I’m not going to lie, I have just discovered Rumi and have become obsessed with all of his wisdom. Late, I know, but for those of you who aren’t familiar with Rumi, he is a Persian poet/scholar from the 13th century. Although he lived centuries ago, his words are undoubtedly applicable to modern day life. Let’s just say he keeps it 100 y’all. This quote in particular resonated with me, and in my current introspective state, I thought I would create this piece. Here are five things that I would tell a younger self:

  • Patience young padawan. Don’t rush life, things will happen in time. This is not the end. Take time to enjoy the now rather than always trying to plan for the future. While planning for the future and setting goals is important, life has a funny way of taking you down an unexpected path. Be open to new opportunities and adventures. It will all happen for a reason!


  • Never pass up the opportunity to travel. Travel, travel, and travel some more. Discovering new places can expose you to different perspectives and different lifestyles. It can leave you speechless, curious, and most of all, inspired. Don’t forget to document all of your adventures, you’ll thank me later.


  • Trust in people. Give people more credit than you think. Don’t be too naive obviously but just know that most people mean well. Never stop being good to people because karma is realllllllll. Trust me.


  • Learning is a blessing. You may be sitting in a two-hour-long class on some topic that seems entirely irrelevant, but I assure you, it will be over before you know it and soon enough you will be longing for the student life. Learning something new is what life is all about.
  • Follow the beat of your own drum…and don’t feel bad about it. Your life is your life is your life! You will be so much more motivated and happy doing what you love even if it does not follow the norm. Just find a way to sustain yourself and all will be well.

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