(quote from the film ‘The Way’ a story about the road to San Tiago)
A year has passed since the day I held my kitty, crying as I headed to the airport. A year has passed since I’ve hugged and kissed my mother, my brothers, and my friends. A year has passed since I’ve stepped on the soil I was born on and spent all 25 years on. A year has passed and the inexperienced, nervous, anxious backpacker I was, has transformed into a person who sees the world as my home and my soul connected to every living being.
A quote from my recently new favorite author, Paulo Coelho from The Pilgrimage :
“When you travel, you experience, in a very practical way, the act of rebirth. You confront completely new situations, the day passes more slowly, and on most journeys you don’t even understand the language the people speak. So you are like a child just out of the womb. You begin to attach much more importance to the things around you because your survival depends upon them. You begin to be more accessible to others because they may be able to help you in difficult situations. And you accept any small favor from the gods with great delight, as if it were an episode you would remember for the rest of your life.”
I have learned to slow down. That the journey is as meaningful as the next destination. That life is easier when you accept all and try not to fight what you cannot control. It is only a wasted energy sometimes causing you or others frustration and can be simply resolved with a long, deep breath. Recognize it as uncontrollable and only then your eyes will fully open to find joy in the people or the place surrounding you. I have learned that attachment is a security in which we all must strive to lessen in our life and realize we own our lives not the jobs we devote most of our time to nor the money in our bank accounts. It can be terrifying to quit a job, give up possessions we have been taught we must obtain to survive. It was only when I did this, did I realize how quickly the whole world opens its arms to you. It was only when I saw poverty at its worst with my own eyes, did I understand the hardships of others and feel the gratitude of growing up in a fortunate situation. It is the homeless, the beggars, the starving, the limbless, that I learned true happiness. That materials don’t equal happiness. People with no possession can still smile, laugh, and find joy each and every day. We must search for our own true happiness. Not look for it in advertisements nor stores. Not in loved ones nor strangers but deep inside ourselves. Whether you believe in the soul, the mind, the heart you must remember your true self, the best you is blissfully happy and unchanged. In a sad, or angry moment you must realize only you are making yourself feel that way. And once you are aware that you control how you feel only then can you bring yourself back to happiness.
Meditate. Your mind deserves a break and you will thank yourself how quickly stress decreases and relaxation ensues. Remember to take care of your body, it’s the one thing in life we can control and it deserves to be healthy which will lead to more happiness. Vices aside find what diet and exercise work for you, not what everyone else is doing because your body is yours and unlike any one else’s.
Don’t lose sight of the beauty that surrounds you. The architecture of great cities, the sun stretching across fields, the greenness of the trees that allow us to breath, and if you can’t find beauty in the place you stand look for the warm smile of a stranger, the act of kindness from a neighbor, and smile as much as possible because the world is beautiful and so are you.
“Healthy, free, the world before me…strong and content. I travel the open road” -Walt Whitman
My love for all stretches across this planet and I promise to continue to live by these lessons, to be thankful for the gift of life, and to commit myself to bringing more happiness to every living soul.
All my love, terima kasih