“All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts and made up of our thoughts.
― Gautama Buddha
The everyday can be brutal. It’s easy to get lost in the pile of bills, the dull hum of the washing machine, parents’ visits to the doc, late hours at work, cold wave warnings, pangs of separation, moments of self-doubt, and that continuous tick of the clock. The banality of the real world can make you believe: that’s all you are. Your weakness becomes your unavoidable reality. You cave in to fear and let it guide you through a downward spiral. You cease to exist as an individual and become a part of the herd. You want to break free, but the chains that are holding you back — are the ones you’ve tied yourself. Then one day, you get a glimpse of another world at the end of the tunnel. And you take that brave first step from one reality to another. In the journey of self-discovery, you ditch the old you and learn there are multiple versions of you. You forget all about the world that defined who you were and this new world becomes your only reality.
“Every one of a hundred thousand cities around the world had its own special sunset and it was worth going there, just once, if only to see the sun go down.”
― Ryū Murakami
It’s the things we do for travel that makes us who we are and help us survive the world we ultimately need to return to. Here’s to getting out of your comfort zone and trying new things for the love of travel.
Practice the virtue of patience
Pretend to love heights
Deliberately get lost in a forest
Experiment with new dining etiquettes
Look forward to early mornings
Make new friends
Pickup a new skill
Be a part of the crowd
Find ways to escape that crowd
Witness rituals handed down over generations
Submit to quirky tourist attractions
Walk for miles before settling for the perfect view