The craziness of planning to visit 196 nations
Ok I have set my heart on this. You may think oh I must have a lot of money but the truth is I do not. I do not know where this will come from but I have faith. I also know that once I make my mind up about something it happens so my mind has been made up. Unfortunately its not as simple to book a flight and hop on the next plane. I think I have finally realised this and started some planning. I am also learning the more I plan the more I find out I have to plan. For each country I am looking up flights I am looking up whether I need a visa so I can make sure I do not rock up and get denied entry. Then I also need to see which countries and continue to monitor countries with Ebola or Yellow fever outbreaks since I do not want this to hinder my entrance. End of February when I return to Australia I will need to visit my doctor again, get enough of my prescription medication and make sure I have all the required vaccinations. I am having an information overload but I know I am capable of this.
Since my budget will be tight I have to take into consideration going from one country to another. It will not be constant return flights from Australia. I will have to return from time to time to manage my affairs but overall I think I will plan to be out of the country for two months at a time and then I will return again for a few days just to manage any private affairs I may have.
For the past few weeks I have been sitting on the question what message do I want to take with me around the world. Visiting 196 nations is a big thing. With it will come a mini-celebrity status and some people will know who I am. I need to have a message. But it has to be about who I am and what I stand for. So for the past few weeks I have been asking myself this question. I finally pin-pointed it. It is about being human and being normal. It is about feeling. I have been suffering from depression and anxiety for the past few years and this journey will be my medicine. So I want to walk all over 196 nations and tell people to live! To not give up! To be you and accept sadness as much as happiness. There is heaps more to it for me but that is the skeleton for it and if mental health organisations would like to meet with me all over the world I am happy to spread my message of hope. That it may feel like your entire life may fall apart, that nothing will ever be the same and the feeling of not being there tomorrow may feel like the answer right now it is not. There is always more and nothing is impossible.