According to scientists, the lifetime urge to travel the world is stored in a gene.
DRD4-7R is the so-called “wanderlust gene”
For us travelers, this is a very numerical explanation for our craving to explore far places, be part of their culture and learn from them.
What we, hungry discoverers, really need to explain ourselves is a dream. A dream, so big and out of reach that we can barely catch it. And if we try so, the dream becomes more and more real. It becomes real in the moment we made it to our next destination and then suddenly feel this peace within ourselves.
We chase this dream with the most powerful devotion. The truth is that the dream is not more than how we see ourselves – in a clear, unprejudiced self-perception.
Apart from the question if there is a gene that justifies our desire to travel, it needs more than numbers and letters to put this desire into a proper statement.
What does DRD4-7R really stand for?
Taken the formula for the gene by decoding each letter and number, here is what DRD4-7R really stands for:
DRD4-7R = Discoverers are Dreamers 4 (for) 7 Reasons
What is a discoverer?
By definition, a discoverer is a person to be the first to find, learn or experience something never experienced before. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean a discoverer is the first and only of all mankind who discovered a certain thing.
For the individual, it can mean the first time in his/her own experience to discover something even it’s already discovered in its basic existence and meaning. Consequently, every single one of us is a discoverer.
We can be daily, weekly or hourly discoverers, depending on how much time was needed to make the discovery.
We can be slow or fast discoverers, depending on how long it needs to reveal the discovery.
We can be subjective or objective discoverers, depending on our point of view.
We can be inner or outer discoverers, depending on the region of discovery – our own self with all our desires, fears, hopes and dreams what is actually our soul or the outer environment including people, situations and the social/economical/political environment.
We can be realistic or mystic discoverers, depending on our degree of how we see the reality.
We can be rational or emotional discoverers, depending on the subject of discovery
This list can be continued endlessly as discoverers will seek for a lifetime and this process involves all eras and generations from the beginnings of life.
What is a dreamer?
The next question that we have to ask ourselves is: What is a dreamer, in its most simple form.
A dreamer is the opposite of a practical person, guided mainly by his dreams, visions and ideals. According to our pinpoints about the term of a discoverer, we can proceed the same way for the term of a dreamer.
As a dreamer is guided by his dreams we can distinguish the following kinds of dreams.
A dream can be short or long-term lasting.
A dream can be steady or hasty.
A dream can be life changing when you achieve it but at the same time it can change your life just by following it.
Whatever a dream is, there is one empowering truth about it:
A dream derives from your most inner desires, hopes and beliefs.
Everything that makes you happy.
Brought together a dream derives finally from happiness.
And what do they both have in common? Discoverers and Dreamers
A discoverer is the pursuer of his dreams. The other way around, a dreamer is the discoverer of his inner desires, wishes, hopes and opportunities.
In order to become a discoverer you first of all need a dream.
The more you discover your dream, analyzing every single aspect, the more you realize that you, yourself are the dream, were the dream and will continue to be the dream.
Your dream of who you are, who you want to be and how you want to live your life.
1. Dreams have to be born and grown until they’re ripe
Was it the book you always wanted to write, or your own story you wanted to tell the world?
Was it the canvas in the corner you imagined to paint as delightful, as you had it in your mind?
Was it the job you saw yourself in, when you were a kid, or the volunteer project you barely informed yourself?
Was it the guy you never spoke to in real life, but imagined a thousand times how much you would laugh together?
Was it the journey you planned in deep details, but never dared to book the flight, or the city you told your friends you’ll move to, as soon as the time is ripe?
As soon as the time is ripe. As soon as the time is ripe.
I heard you saying this so many times, that I assume you missed the moment of ripeness.
We eat fruits when they’re ripe, what means only at a certain time of the year. When this time is passed, the fruit loses its freshness and we have to throw it away.
A dream is like a fruit – it derives from a seed, grows, is harvested and transmits its nutrients to the one it is meant for.
You have to catch the right time – the ripe time
Then you have to take your dream and make it happen.
2. Dreams can drive you beyond borders
To achieve your dream, you’re willing to do everything what is necessary.
Write 10 pages every day, practice painting, learn new skills that your dream job demands, inform yourself about volunteering, talk to the guy next door, book the flight, visit the neighboring city and have a look for new opportunities.
In the end you won’t know, how you made it, but the fact that you made it will give you new self-confidence. This will push you further and further. Little dreams will become big ones and old fears will vanish.
3. Dreams can give you a new perspective
Even if you follow your dreams, knowing that it will take quite some time to make them real, it is the road you have already taken that can make a difference.
You practice your writing techniques.
It doesn’t feel so strange any longer to hold a paint brush.
The skills you learned so far can make you qualified for a job, that can bring you closer to your dream job.
The information you obtained about volunteering can show you the requirements needed and help you apply for a project.
The guy who is not interested in you can teach you the lesson that it’s okay to get rejected sometimes.
The journey you spent all your money at can teach you, how to control your budget on your next trip.
The new city you couldn’t find any job can open your eyes, that it is not the city you have to change, but your attitude.
4. Dreams can make you become a new person
For some, now you are a writer, an artist, someone who has knowledge in different areas, who has diverse job experience.
For some you’re the girl who dated the most boring guy, assuming he was the most interesting, or the other way around, who dated the most interesting guy, assuming he was boring.
For some you are a travel expert, a blogger, an advice giver.
For someone who used to know you many many years, you are now a completely new person.
5. Dreams can lift others
As a writer you can inspire others with your stories.
The painting you finished after several months of modifying can motivate others to reveal their artistic talent.
The advice you posted in a forum because you gained some knowledge about a certain matter, can be the life changing solution for another questioner.
The volunteering project was offered to you, thanks to your good application skills.
Your new boss will never forget, how you showed your colleague another way of solving the same task, but in a shorter time.
The guy who brags how good he looks is taught a keen lesson by the girl, that he would have never ever dated.
The tips you share on your blog about how to save money can help someone, who is afraid to travel because he thinks he would lose everything.
The apartment in the new city belongs now to a young student, who was afraid to move to a new city because he believed, that he would never find an apartment.
Following your dreams can have a positive and inspiring impact on someone else crossing your way.
6. Dreams can help you reveal what you really want in life
Do I want to be a writer, a designer, a volunteer?
Do I really want to work in a job that requires hard work and is nearly impossible to get, because a lot of people want it too?
Why do I want to date this guy/girl? Is it because I think he/she looks good and my friends would be jealous about us, or is it because I like his/her character, that we have a lot in common and could complement our lives?
Are we the ones who can make our dream come true by working hard on ourselves?
Are we the creators of our happiness?
Will our dream make us happy?
7. Dreams can break through age, race, time, space and the universe
As dreams can drive you beyond borders, enable new perspectives, change others, enthusiast them and finally reveal what is the core of life, it is the most powerful tool to break through age, race, space and time.
Only dreams are able to touch the universe and catch a glimpse of what there is beyond.