Definition: noun – a person who is traveling or who often travels.
How I feel about it: This one I like. I do travel. It is my love, my passion, and my career. When people refer to me as a traveler, I feel special. Not everyone can say they live to see the world. In fact, I know several people who are more than happy to stay put here in the South. While that is their choice and maybe the right decision for them, it is not for me. I travel. I see the world. I touch the world. I smell it, listen to it, and learn from it.
Definition: adjective – not deterred by danger or pain; brave.
How I feel about it: Courageous makes me think of David and Goliath. David was so small and just a shepherd. Who was he to come in with a sling and defeat one of the greatest warriors in his time? He was so courageous to walk to the front line and take on the giant. I relate to that. I am a middle-class girl from Small Town, USA trying to take on one of the greatest challenges out there. I feel like David.
Definition: noun – a person who travels widely.
How I feel about it: A globetrotter is different from a traveler. A globetrotter goes anywhere and everywhere at any time. They “travel widely.” I’ve yet to be to South America or Asia proper or Africa, but they are on my list. I’ve been to the Arctic Circle, West Coast USA, and Israel. I’ve stretched pretty far across the world is it stands presently.
Definition: adjective – having the effect of inspiring someone.
How I feel about it: This one gives me mixed emotions. I’m so happy to know that I am making other people want to travel because inspiring y’all is my goal! But to just be called inspiring or an inspiration is really overwhelming. Inspiring is one of those words that I hope I am but don’t really have to hear. When I hear it, it makes me blush. Haha I don’t know. It makes sense to me.
Definition: adjective – ready to face and endure danger or pain; showing courage.
How I feel about it: Brave is easily one of the best words people call me. I am brave. I packed my belongings into two suitcases and moved to Ireland basically on a whim! Looking back, I still don’t know how I did it. Bravery is something my parents raised me to be. They taught me to be brave in the worst of times and best of times. I thank them for this skill.
Definition: adjective – (of a person, action, or motive) lacking consideration for others; concerned chiefly with one’s own personal profit or pleasure.
How I feel about it: Insulted, hurt, meh, honest. The truth is that I am being a little (or a lot) selfish, but you don’t have to call me that. I am 23, unmarried (I’m not even dating anyone), no children, no rent, and I will never be like this again. Why not be a little selfish? I’m not talking about completely forgetting those around me and the people I love but remembering me, remembering to take care of and love myself. Sometimes humans get so caught up in a life where they forget to take care of themselves. They focus too hard on giving and giving to others that they lose their own self along the way. I know I’m being a little selfish, but I would rather take care of myself, be happy, and in turn be able to better care for those that I love.
Definition: noun – a person who wanders from place to place without a home or job.
How I feel about it: Not true. No, I have not settled into a career. No, I don’t have my own place. Yes, I do plan to move abroad again. Yes, I know the risks I am taking. No, I don’t plan on settling down anytime soon. Yes, I do want a husband and children. No, I do not feel like living this style is ruining my chances. I am not a vagabond. I do have a job. I do have a place to live, and I do have goals for myself. I may not have an immediate five-year plan like most kids my age, but I do have goals. That’s the difference.
Definition: adjective – extremely enthusiastic.
How I feel about it: Yeah, that’s me. I am wild, enthusiastic, charismatic, filled with laughter, and overflowing with joy. I find something I love and I put all of my efforts into it. I get a little bit “crazy.” Although I may live a life different than what my parents thought I would, I’m not a lost cause. When people say, “Morgan, you’re crazy to do all of these things.” I just smile and say, “Yeah, maybe I am.”
Definition: adjective – having lived or existed for only a short time.
How I feel about it: I’m only 23 years old and I have done so many amazing things in my short life. How do I feel about being so young and so accomplished? Blessed and thankful for all of the amazing opportunities. I still have plenty of time to settle down into married life. I’m not in any kind of rush. I’ll get there mama. Don’t worry. But for now, I’m going to enjoy being young.
Definition: noun – a person who lives outside their native country.
How I feel about it: I am not currently an expat, but I have been one, and I would love to be one again. There is nothing more exciting than packing all of your belongings into suitcases and flying off to live in another country. The thrill of foreign foods and languages and sounds excites me. America is my home and will always be special to me. But that doesn’t mean that my heart can’t fall in love with other places.
Definition: adjective – having or showing a quick-witted intelligence.
How I feel about it: One smart decision will lead to more smart decisions. I try to live my life in a manner that I would be proud of when I am 87 years old. With that, I must make smart decisions. I also must know when to be street smart and when to use book smart. People have told me that I am very smart to be doing the things I am doing now. They view traveling as a learning experience that cannot be taught in the classroom, and they are right. These experiences have taught me more book knowledge as well as street smarts than I could have learned in a doctorate program. Sure, I would be really super knowledgable about early modern Europe if I had gone to grad school, but I am so much smarter now than I was before having lived the life that I have.
Definition: adjective – having, bringing, or resulting from good luck.
How I feel about it: I like to think of it as blessed. But, yeah, I get where some people would refer to me as lucky. I have lived a rather fortunate life. Born into a middle-class family in Georgia. I went to college at Auburn University where I received a degree in history. While at Auburn, I was a student equipment manager for the 2010 National Championship football team. Yes, I have a championship ring. I graduated from college in 3.5 years with a 3.0 gpa. Within a year after graduation, I had moved to Ireland. That was my third time in Europe. I lived there for a year. Upon my return to America, in quickly started to travel stateside. At the age of 23, I’ve been to 15 countries, lived in two countries, visited three continents, and visited 26 American States. You call it lucky; I call it blessed.
Definition: adjective – (of a person, action, or idea) showing an ability to take risks; confident and courageous.
How I feel about it: Bold is the essence God calls us to be in my favorite Bible verse.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:9
He wants us to be strong and courageous and risky and BOLD. We are not to fear what we do nor where we go for he is with us at all times. I am proud to be bold.
Definition: noun – an independent or uninhibited person. How I feel about it: I live at my own pace. I go where I want to go. See who I want to see. Touch and feel and listen to what I want. I’m whimsical. Kind of like a balloon relies on the wind to move it around, so do I. I listen to what the world is telling me. Sometimes I feel called to live in Vietnam while others I want to move back to Ireland. Sometimes my heart aches for a boy friend, but then I remember the bliss of being single. I go with the flow. I don’t force things and I don’t plan. I just kind of do life as it comes to me.
Definition: noun – a member of a family or group who is regarded as a disgrace to them. How I feel about it: I hate this one. My friends have called me this on several occasions, and I tell them each time that it hurts my feelings. Just because I may not live the same lifestyle they do, does not make me a black sheep. See that definition? By calling me a black sheep, you are calling me a disgrace. That offends me. Yeah, I’m different. So what? Call me free spirited, independent, wild, adventurous, anything! But do not call me a black sheep.
Definition: adjective – free from outside control; not depending on another’s authority. How I feel about it: I make my own decisions. I will listen to advice and the words of other, but the things I choose to do are always my decisions. I don’t take handouts and I work hard for what I have. I am ok on my own. I don’t need friends or boy friends to complete me. Being independent is a crucial skill that not everyone has. Some people require others to keep them going. Some people need to have help. Some people just want it. I don’t. I live a life free and independent of others.
Morgan is a travel blogger and columnist who loves chocolate and a cheesy rom-com. She spends her time reading self-help books in attempt to reassure herself that she isn't all that crazy. Follow her on her wild adventures around the world.