“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”
That is from Anna Frank, a Jewish diarist and aspiring writer, who died of typhus in the Bergen- Belsen concentration camp on World War II. If Anne Frank could find happiness in such a sad and depressing moment, then why wouldn’t we?
Continuing from the post before, we often overlook beauty around us and only expecting it when we are traveling far away. Traveling is a spirit, not an activity. Adventure is a soul, and it doesn’t need to be hundreds of miles from home to be in one.
The city where I live, the traffic is good as hell and the pollution is everywhere. We often have to leave very early when we go to work because of it, and more often have to stay late in office because the traffic is so bad that is better to stay in office rather than stuck on the roads.
I was talking about this with my girlfriend, then she ask me this question: ” Why do we love to watch sunset at a beach? The sun also sets here, there, and everywhere…” We ended up discussing this matter, why we admire sunset panorama when we are on vacation, but back at home, the sun can sets whenever and we don’t really care.
Maybe we sometimes forget, the sun also sets here…
Maybe the key is appreciation, like a child who always interested in everything they see for the first time, we should never let the child inside us die. Be adventurous, be appreciative of every little thing.
After a journey abroad, we finally going back home. We’ve seen many beautiful places, ate unique local foods, and met many wonderful people on the roads. We feel rather tired but never been so happy, can’t wait to share the stories to our loved ones.
I want to share a little trick for you who want to share your travel stories: Be patient 🙂
The thing is, everybody always have stories to tell everyday, whether a day in office or a day hiking mountains in Chiang Mai. We have to understand, travelers nowadays face different audience than in the past: a time when a traveler got back home, all the people would gather around while the traveler share the stories about some strange distant lands. Now we have the internet, with a few clicks people would know what Chiang Mai looks like and suddenly the mysteriousness of our travel stories are gone.
My advice is to be patient, and share your stories one at a time. Of course there are some stories that you want to share right away, go ahead. But for the rest, just be patient. Don’t make them watch to your slideshow all night while you keep rambling on about your adventure. A little advice about pics though: Be creative and shot a unusual angles. For example, when in Eiffel Tower, don’t just take a pic of you with the Tower on the background. Instead, take it from under the Eiffel, and let your audience guess it 😀
Sometimes it’s fine to jump from the Order into the Chaos. We need that. That’s my reason to do my first travelling, anyway. Order makes us do what we should do. Chaos makes us creative in doing it.
The hardest thing in travelling is to decide to do travelling. Seriously, after that, it’ll be a walk in the park. We will find a way to do it. Don’t be afraid, as people tend to make travelling their ‘dream’. Only dreaming, because converting dream into reality takes a lot of courage. “What if I fail? I can’t risk losing it all” is the words they say to themselves.
Just go, when you want to go. See the world, learn more than if you’re just sitting in your warm couch in your warm house. Be drenched in the rain, feel your shoulder stiffed as you ride on a long train journey, be uncomfortable among the people you’re not familiar with. Don’t be afraid in hardship and loneliness, as that two things will brought you wisdom and happiness along the journey. You’ll realize beautiful things around you, you’ll appreciate every small kindness around you. You will feel as one as many people you’ve encounter. Lastly, you will feel as we are one and the same, regardless gender, country, race, culture, and perspective. We are one same human, living on the planet Earth.
Order is needed. Chaos is needed. Nothing is bad as we need both. Free yourself and pray that you won’t regret the person you’ll be when you’re older. Open that door, you’ll find a new world.