The Exorcism of Excuse and Regret – World Travel

The Exorcism of Excuse and Regret – World Travel

Travel. The Fulfillment and Exorcism of Regret.

Laying on our death bed we will regret.. not the things we did, but the things we have NOT done.

Mark Twain put it in better words: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

My Biggest Chance at Stopping to Introduce Excuse Into my Life: Graduating first in class, full time work between two jobs, running MuayThaiAthlete.com, relationships, training 6x per week and traveling to Thailand the following week.

Seeing the world is something that many say they “wish” they had done.
Something they wish they could do.

Throughout this journey I have met those who quit their jobs. . .

Who made the decision to travel after obtaining Master Degrees in prestigious schools. . .

To leave everything that would ultimately amount to nothing. . . 
to pursue passion and fulfillment. . .

Those who left relationships lasting all the way from a few months to 12 years. . .

Those who sold their house. . .

Those who are 18 years old and who are 60 years young. . .

Those who had every excuse, those who had no means of making it happen, but those who made it happen regardless of the circumstances. . .

Those who had everything, but did nothing, and those who had nothing, but created a newly paved path. . .  


If you have an excuse for every answer presented to you, you will not gain the benefits of what this piece holds, you may now proceed and move on. For those who seek fulfillment, it’s time to take advantage of whatever position and stage of life that you are in.

Filming with Thai Boxing Legend Namsaknoi on Koh Phangan, Thailand. (Arguably the greatest Muay Thai Fighter of all Time)

There is an order in which excuses are built. At its peak is the person with a family and kids, who understandably come as the priority. This is followed by those in a relationship who must take into consideration the position and emotional needs of their partner. And finally, the limitlessly single person. The order of excuses goes as such:

1. I would love to travel, but my family comes first.

2. I may not have kids, but I have someone I put before myself.

3. I may be single, but I have (insert rationalized excuse here). 


Advice by Kate Sholy, 2x Thailand Training Camp Sponsorship Winner. 

paul-and-jackIf you are single. Take FULL advantage, you have the potential to be limitless. It is a choice, but a choice you have to make. Your ideas and visions aren’t limited to the likes and dislikes of another entity.

If you are in a relationship without kids. Create beautiful memories that remained etched into your minds as one, memories that create beautiful visions of the future; creating a stronger bond for the two of you to hold onto. 

Even if you have a family. Show your kids that the world is not limited to their neighborhood – it will teach them about the importance of accepting others who are different from them, to be well-conditioned out of their comfort zone. 

A sense of fulfillment comes from travel, it begins inside, but it is projected outwardly on those around you. At the end of the day there is no regret, no stone left unturned. There is no resentment towards others for limiting you. It is as if you want to show others the things you have been blessed to see and experience yourself. To give back the same blessings you have received. 

Perspective and Understanding 

You can see this phenomenon almost anywhere in life. The manager at work is the big dog on the floor, he acts like a pitbull, like a doberman, but when he steps into the office of his boss he all of the sudden becomes a chihuahua in comparison. This is life in perspective

Photo by Kelly Macdonald of Cross Productions

People often stay in a box, in a confined area where they seem like the big dog – as often said in other words – a big fish in a small pond. Traveling is like getting thrown in the ocean and having your ass chopped up by a shark, just a lot more pleasurable. . .

What I mean by that is – travel gives you perspective and understanding. It is humbling and it shows you where you truly stand in the food chain. 

Understanding. Humans often connect “different” to weird and misunderstood. Perhaps we have a hard time seeing another person’s point of view as our experience is based solely on how we were raised. Witnessing the diversity the world provides can explain the behavior and principals of others that often seem foreign.  Our brain shifts in a different direction, all of the sudden we have the ability to connect with a variety of people, we are no longer limited to purely connecting with our clones.

We learn little from those who are below our level of thinking. This applies to athletics, to business, and to overall human potential. Your higher level of perspective, openness, and thinking attracts those on the same wavelength. All of which is comparably true at a lower tier.

Montreal Canada, 3 days before debut on Lion Fight Promotions in Foxwoods Casino, Connecticut, one week before San Diego, California. Two weeks before travel to NYC for the “Boxing for Muay Thai” filming. Two and a half weeks before travel back to Hartford Connecticut, and finally Bangkok Thailand.


It may be obvious, but as I said before, the memories travel creates stay etched in your brain for a lifetime. Once we experience something positive, it creates an emotional connection with a place, with travel. This in turn creates a craving that must be satisfied. It’s why you often see those who have never traveled, begin to travel consistently.

In our community those who travel to Thailand for the first time often come back almost every year thereafter with ease. We begin to make things happen once we see what is possible – we want to recreate these memories and to see how far we can take them. 

The Renegades. Highest US Gold Medal Grossing Team with Multiple Time World Champions. Like Minded Individuals on the Same Mission in Benidorm, Spain.

Limitless possibilities have never begun with an excuse. Your point of view becomes your reality. This world was created for you to unfold, to rediscover and to create this point of view. Without taking action, however, your words hold little legitimacy. The view is blurred.

11221999_10154213857213496_335673171183139079_n-300x300Paul Banasiak is a Muay Thai fighter/addict, 9x champion, trainer, and fitness professional currently living, training, and fighting in Thailand. After leaving medical school without looking back, he decided to fully follow his passion of helping others become the best version of themselves, creating MuayThaiAthlete.com. A website for those who are already passionate individuals that want to take their life,mindset&training to the next level. 

Today we begin forging our bodies and
strengthening our limitless minds.

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