Wednesday, 27 June 2012

"we are therefore out of touch with reality..."

"We are living in a culture entirely hypnotized by the illusion of time, in which the so-called present moment is felt as nothing but an infinitesimal hairline between an all-powerfully causative past and an absorbingly important future. We have no present. Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will be any other experience than present experience. We are therefore out of touch with reality. We confuse the world as talked about, described, and measured with the world which actually is. We are sick with a fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas"( Alan Watts)

Why I like to travel so much....
Some people are just born to wander and admire. Some aren’t.
 I  know that I travel to learn about myself too. More like re-learning about myself.
There are so many places to go, people to meet and things to see!
My life has become a combination of plans, dreams, inspirations, destinations, interactions, concepts, opportunities, friendships, challenges and realities that were once so very foreign or unknown to me. After my travels the entire world now feels like my home. And it’s the resulting diversity of experiences and people in my life that ultimately lead to an increased appreciation of all that I encounter during my adventures. While that Mosel-riesling wine I drank in Monschau might not have been the best wine I’ve ever tried, I fully appreciated and enjoyed the experience of drinking something I would never have tasted had I never travelled, while sitting in a backyard overlooking a city that I would never have known anything about, talking about plans I would never have believed to be possible and surrounded by good people I would never have met.
I love travel because I love newness, change, differences. New perspectives, new places, new challenges make me feel alive. And professionals say that change makes you more creative, which is important to me in both my career and personal projects.
Coming from a very conservative family, it’s very easy for me to make a positive connection with my travels. My worldview is vastly different, vastly wider, as a result.
I think travel has made me a better person. I am more compassionate. More understanding. More loving. More involved in social justice and charity.

That’s not to say that you can’t be a perfectly lovely person in a small town with a traditional life, but, for me, travel has made me better, kinder, more of the person I want to be.