The single most important trait needed to survive

I never have thought the world to be a scary place. If anything I have thought it to be busy.

Many of us are blessed to experience the most it has to offer and seemed to have mastered most of the ropes. Our lives are composed of the results from the streams of never-ending choices we make and have made since we were brought into this world. And if we choose wisely, we won’t get too caught up in the business and live now-in the present.

At an early age, I started listening to everything my parents told me to do because I knew how much more experience they have had in life and knew they know best. I think most of us are like that,  as I know we all go through life differently and with or without different people or family raising us, but think usually is what happens to whoever does have a person of such figure in their life. But, as I have grown older- starting in my teens (like most teens) I developed an attitude and often thought of doing just the complete opposite of what they told me. One of my favorite accomplishments has been falling asleep with gum in my mouth and waking up to it still being in my mouth (not my hair, like they told me). Now I do know that my parents do know best, because they know me (and raised me), but have also helped me develop that challenging trait in me. To test the waters, if I want to know if something is true or not.

After graduating high school (just over 3 years ago wowzers!) I moved over 1,000 miles away from home for college. I wasn’t scared, just a tad anxious. During the first few weeks I was talking to my mom on the phone almost everyday, to help me, to support me, to still help guide me, and to tell me what I should do about certain things. She was like my conscience- dealing with everything besides learning college material, classes, professors, etc. But, as I started to gain a stronger sense, COMMON sense that is, I would talk less to her and do more. Not saying it in a bad way, because I became more Me and less of her.

I soon had to tell her that I couldn’t talk everyday, but did every Sunday. We cought up and we carried on our relationship and communication stronger than ever. Today, it is a hit and miss. I usually try to just call once a week but when I miss my family alot more I call and talk more, it certainly isn’t perfect as sometimes we both slack on it, but it is something that I will forever be thankful for. And I think everyone should if they do. If you miss someone, are thinking of them, or are just thankful for them to be in your life, tell them. It is pretty simple.

Yes, I uppercased the word “common” above to emphasize what I am referencing to in my title. I do believe the common sense is the single most important trait we all need to survive. To get through a new job, to pass a class, to drive, to travel, to pet a dog, to do just about anything and everything without endangering yourself or others.

The definition of common sense: n., good sense and sound judgement in practical matters which can also be tied to wisdom and the understanding of how life operates.  It is a trait that is developed through awareness, self-discipline, and exercising one’s intellect.  Often times, it seems to be absent during the moment of truth during an event/experience probably due to acting on emotions, rather than common sense, resulting in a more serious outcome.

Though it may be rough and maybe even painful, It brings experience, wisdom from this experience to apply in other or similiar events and experiences as common sense.

Applying this to travel: many say one shouldn’t travel alone and I certainly disagree. I think it is important for every individual, at some point in life to solo travel (whether it be a few hours or few weeks, even months maybe). By using common sense, having some safetey tools, safety phone numbers/hotlines/etc., and an open mind- it is possible. It helps develop cultural awareness, respect, and experience among many other things.  I have read many blogs and watched many travel videos about traveling to, in, and around some of the most safety-deprived countries and places that seem to be thought of as “forbidden” for solo traveling… and they have seemed to have thrived, enjoyed it, and lost most restricted thoughts that were previously engrained in the mind.

I’m not saying everywhere is like that, I’m saying with proper common sense, safety gear, self defense tactics, and true and real support when needed (in and out of the country) solo travel is possible where many people think it should be non-existent. That being said, I am excited especially over the next 5 or so years to do some solo travel when possible and will probably direct everyone to read this post who doubts me.

I hope and pray that you all use your common sense today, and everyday to live better than ever.

PS here is a cool article to read more about it

Lots of love xx Jozey


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