The more you see, the more you want to see!

Friday, April 22, 2011

I remember reading Mark Twain’s quote on travelling, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do”. Basically, on your death bed, if you look back and see your life through your memories, you should never say, “Oh s**t, I should have done that! or I should not have done that!”. It’s been quite some time since I have been trying to avoid that awkward situation.

I did know that, “the world I perceive is drastically simplified model of the real world”. I had a deep desire to travel and see places that I had never seen before and see life through them. With this inclination in mind, training in Faridabad came as a pleasant gift and I didn’t even try to change the training location (to Mumbai), so that I could explore North India.

After being “Bangalored”, last four months, far away from home, have been a wonderful experience. Every time you cross a linguistic or cultural boundary, there is always something which fascinates you. There will be plenty of “wow! this is really cool” kind of situations. In every such situation, you will have something to learn and take back home. “When you're traveling, you are what you are right there and then.  People don't have your past to hold against you.  No yesterdays on the road.”

Just as in my engineering days, training has given me a chance to make friends from all parts of the country. It’s not rare to hear, “Oh! this is totally different in our place! Or In our place, this is our favourite food!”, yet, there is something which connects people, something which brings them closer and give way towards making plenty of good friends and learn something from them. “The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway[Henry Boye]”.

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted. [Bill Bryson]”. I still haven’t travelled enough to say “I love travelling!”. But I am certain that I will, at least in the next one year and explore new horizons. So far, the more I saw different things, the more I realized that I should see more places and things in life!
 

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