I’m Wayne and welcome to the Tao West Ventures travel blog.
Before traveling abroad, I felt like a Walking Dead zombie before the TV series ever existed. I walked through most of my days feeling indifferent and lacking spirit. Any flames of optimism that I may have had upon awakening was extinguished the moment my employee card entered the punch clock at my job.
In 2007, while speeding away from my thirties, I took my first solo trip to Cuba. The following year, I travelled with a friend to Southeast Asia. I soon realized how small my world was, both in terms of geography and as a person. There was so much to see, learn and experience. Liken to awakening from a deep sleep, I was struck with an epiphany that much of what I knew and believed for most of my life could very well be wrong. I wore a pair of “The glass is half empty” goggles most of my life.
Thank God for being wrong.
I felt alive for the first time in a long time.
“Why start a blog”? I thought to myself. Every Tom, Dick, Mary and Jane has a blog. Who’s going to read it and why? In the end, I feel we all have stories worthy of sharing. This is the main reason, I enjoy reading other people’s blogs. To learn something new. To laugh. To provoke thought. To be inspired.
I mainly write and share stories about travel as it is the one thing in recent years that consistently inspires me and breathes new life into me. I’ve kept journals and notes of my travels over the years. I want to share my stories with you; old stories and the new ones yet to be written and yet to be experienced.
As for the name of the blog, Tao West Ventures: it was born out of my interest in Taoism. In 2008, on the cable car ride up to see the Big Buhdda on Lantau Island in Hong Kong, a Chinese man started a conversation with me after noticing the Chinese character for “Tao” tattooed on the back of my arm. In a nutshell, he philosophized that life has a natural way and flow to it; and that problems arise when man tries to impose his will onto nature itself. I realized that this is what I’ve been doing most of my life: bulldozing my way through life like a bull in a china shop. I used self-will like a sledge hammer to navigate my way through life.
I knew moving forward, the challenge was to get into the flow of life and no longer fight and be afraid of where life would take me.
As I head into the Autumn of my life, I have more questions than answers for myself, but am certain that travel is a part of my future. I’ve taken a year long sabbatical in 2015 to live and travel abroad.
Follow me as I share stories old and new. Follow me as I write the next chapter of my life. Whether it be travel or anything else, I encourage you to share with me the things that inspire you and help you get into the flow of your life.
Either way, for all of us, there’s one heck of a story still waiting to be written.