What do travel & wisdom have in common? Reconnection.
They are both life’s gateways. One to the mind, the other to the world.
In our fast paced world, being disconnected from either one of them is all too easy.
Here at Inner Picture Stories we combine those gateways once again.
We are all here trying to find meaning in life. And it is hard at times, for all of us. We are physically thrown into this world with no explanation about the most complex mechanism ever invented – the human mind. This creates confusion in our lives, causing us to miss the beauty of the world around us. But there is always the possibility for change, in everything. Even though we are all unique souls, there is something we have in common with every one of the seven billion others we share the planet with – a beating heart and the world we live in. We are faced with struggles that come from the same kind of sources.
The purpose behind Inner Picture Stories is to create a place where we can share those lessons we face. To spread the word and speak out to empower, help and inspire others to venture out and explore. Because within all the suffering, there lays meaning – and it is beautiful. And out there in the world, there lays a story that is begging to be shared – a story of adventure and excitement.
Be a part of it, share your story. Your voice matters.
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My name is Jellis Vaes and I am the founder of Inner Picture Stories. I thought it would be good to tell you a bit more about myself and why I created Inner Picture Stories, because my story is also the story of Inner Picture Stories.
We all have the gift of a voice inside our heart with which to speak. And we all have something worth saying, even if we don’t always realize it. For a long period in my life, I thought I had no voice at all. For 6 years I went through high school consumed by suicidal thoughts, spending most of my time between the 4 walls of my bedroom – locked away from the world. I was overcome by feelings I had no words for. Feelings caused by the grief of the death of my father; caused by loneliness; by not knowing my purpose. But most of all, caused by a lack of insights about my own mind and what there was to be seen in the world. Those 6 years left me with deep scars inside of me.
As years passed by and I turned 18, I was legally able to leave school. I knew that if I didn’t do something about my current situation – that if I didn’t take a chance, my life would have been lost. In the summer of 2011 I gathered up all the courage I could find inside of me, and I took that chance. I told my mom I was going to quit school and that I was going to travel. She let me – which is the greatest thing I could ever thank her for. By allowing me to make my choice and by supporting me, she pathed the way for me to save myself. From the moment I picked up my bags and left my room – the moment that I took control of my own life, my journey had begun. What started as a 2-month journey to South Africa ended in a 3-year journey around the world. A journey of self-healing and one of rediscovering myself, while traveling through countless countries and discovering what an absolutely magnificent world we live in. I was being educated through my journey, through the world and all the people I met along that journey. After those 3 years of traveling, I returned home, renewed and reborn.
We get absolutely nothing at all taught in schools, or indeed from our parents in many cases, about some of the most fundamental principles of life; the beauty of this world; what opportunities it holds beyond the walls of society, and how to understand and cope with feelings and emotions. I almost fell through the thin line that separates life and death. Sadly, many people – and I fully understand why and how it does happen – do fall through it, simply because they don’t know those greater truths, exactly as I didn’t back then. Having experienced the pure darkness that can seep into your whole being, and then gone through the transformation into the person I am today, who sees life as an absolute blessing, I created Inner Picture Stories, an educational platform on life to help fill in those gaps, schools and society just don’t provide for us. My overriding hope is that it helps others – you, to witness and understand those greater truths of life, ones that I was so close to never seeing for myself. There is immeasurable beauty in this life that we have been given, a beauty that anyone can find, and everyone deserves.
I very much appreciate your visit to Inner Picture Stories. Thank you, and please feel at home.
This is where the journey begins.