Do not wait for circumstance to change. Break the rules of culture. Become what you are. Common ground? Still puzzling? Gregory Diehl, in his book Travel As Transformation: Conquer the Limits of Culture to Discover Your Own Identity, shares insights he gained from traveling across countries in need of a home, a place to work and settle down. Travel is just one of many possible catalysts that may help you on your journey to liberation. Curiosity points you in the right direction. Your plan, your journey is entirely personal. No one finds their real self “out there” in the world. Freedom is not a target to chase or an object to pursue. Introspection is needed. That quest into your inner being can be way more difficult than booking a trip to a new part of the world.
The metaphor of traveling works out well, although I’d rather have seen more concrete examples from Diehl’s life. Many self-help guides would have given similar answers to the great questions of life’s meaning, independence, and purpose. And where God and others are absent, you’ll travel in isolation, and unable to change what you are. It’s only when you recognize that actual changes come from relationships with others and exposure to radically different ideas, beliefs, and worldviews.
About the author
Gregory Diehl is the author of multiple bestselling books on identity development for businesses and individuals. He is also the founder of Identity Publications, an organization that produces and publishes books containing ideas that matter. Diehl travels to more than 50 countries, enjoys homesteading in Ecuador and Armenia, and kidnaps felines from streets around the world. Connect with him at gregorydiehl.net or identitypublications.com
I received a free review copy of this book without strings attached. My review is based on my own opinion upon reading.