Travel Inspiration
It’s been a short period of time since I discovered my interest in writing, and it’s been equally as short a period of time since I discovered that I could grab life by the…erm…horns and I had the power to do what I want in life.

For a while, until I traveled for the first time in 2011 to New Zealand, life was on auto-pilot. I was drowning in unhappiness, buying up all the shiny things I could, working at a job I hated and scouring dating sites to fill an emptiness that seemed like a bottomless pit. There was no “I’m doing what I love”, just doing what distracted me.

Then I found travel. The story of how that came about will come in time, but nevertheless, I discovered something that for the first time since I could remember made my heart freakin’ cry out for.

The “enlightening moment” came to me while I was on a Nakedbus (just a name :P). You would think something so profound might smack me in the face while sitting amongst tall grass swaying in the wind on a cliff-top somewhere.

Nope, it was amongst the snoring people, stale bus smell, and the tacky print seats on a bus ride through New Zealand when the realization came to me that I was finally holding the pen, finally creating my own story.

Inspiration can come from the darnedest places huh?

And it inspired this quote, something I’ve come to live by, and something I wanted to pass on to you.

Are you the author of your own life story? Or are you ready to be the author of your own life story?

“When we are born, our tale begins. The path we choose is the black ink that scratches and swirls across blank leather-bound pages from a golden tipped feather. Never foretold. It follows your will; letters and words form from your hand to create chapters. After the last sentence is scribed, the quill set down, the cover closed, and the book shelved, will you be happy with the story of your life?”

Are you ready to take control of your life?


  1. Helen July 26, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Hey Ryan,

    I went through the exact same thing a few years ago!

    The story is yours to live! I love these two quotes:

    “Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to slide in sideways, totally worn out, shouting Holy Shit, what a ride!”

    I love this quote by Mary Oliver “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”


    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author July 27, 2013 at 11:10 am

      Awesome quotes Helen! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Jo (The Blond) July 30, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I love the quote! In fact I love it so much, I will share it on my FB page 🙂

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author August 1, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      Wicked! Glad you dig my quote enough to share it!

  3. Mary @ Green Global Travel August 3, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    I think that many people who end up in this industry have similar moments where, for one reason or another, we are driven to pursue our dreams and passions – and even to make a difference and give back – by doing what we love!

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author August 5, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      I fully agree! Many reason why I do this is to hopefully make a difference 🙂


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