You never know what you’ll find when you leave your house. Even well worn paths can throw up a surprise, if you let it. It is easy to keep your head down, switch on the autopilot, and block out whole sections of your day in a commuting/work related haze. It’s similar to the technology saying that occasionally sweeps the internet; while you were walking down the road with your eyes glued to your phone screen, you just missed the love of your life walking past you the other way. While you were auto piloting life, you forgot to check out the view.
True, the view might not look like anything special. It might be the same city it has always been, or the same empty fields, or the same little village. Unfortunately, life isn’t always full of vistas such as the one in the picture above (those who live in Sagres, Portugal however, do). If you look closer however, there is always something new to see. Just like reading a book a second time brings up things you missed the first time, really stopping to look at the view can really help lift your mood. There i was, trudging home in the twilight this evening, my hands slowly losing all sensation from the cold and my headphones securely pumping music into my ears to keep me in my zombified walking mode of getting from A to B as quickly as possible, when i looked up. I stopped walking. To my left, the skies were bathed in red highlights, the setting sun casting a glow over the field and trees. To my right, several children were dancing in the playground, unabashed at their delight with the world. I smiled.
Travel broadens the mind and develops you as a person. You use your eyes more, you appreciate the world and everything in it. Sometimes, we forget to see this while we are in the everyday grind. We wish we were somewhere else, wishing our life away. But look closer at that familiar city vista, and you might find a gem of a coffee shop you never noticed before, which leads to superior coffee and new friends. Look closer at that field, and you might see the red breasted robin peering back at you, or the hedgehog sniffing inquisitively in the verge. Look closer at life, and it will never fail to give.
If we learn anything from travel, it is to smile.
“It’s a dangerous business Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
See you tomorrow fellow optimists,