Have you ever realised that the place you’ve never been to, is just an “illusion” you made in your mind, out of someone’s experience you’ve heard or seen?
As we travel, we get to meet new people, experience their cultures, their lifestyle and involve in new activities. When we get to involve in those new kind of activities, our way of seeing the world changes and we get to look at the world from many different perspectives. Thus, self-realisation happens. We get to realize how little we know and there’s a whole lot of things out there that we not even thought of, even in our wildest dreams. Following the same routine every day, we make ourselves the puppets, of our strings attached to it. We work, earn, raise our kids. Then that kid grows up, works, earns, and on and on and on, the loop never breaks, leading to vain.
Most of the things that we see on television or social media platforms are only things that other people let us to see. We are only seeing it through their eyes. What a pity life would that be, to see this huge beautiful world from others point of view? We’ve heard people saying that the Taj Mahal is a beautiful place. But we never know its beauty, or we don’t even know that does that even exist, until we experience and relish it by ourselves.
As Mark Twain said, “20 years from now, you’ll be disappointed by the things you didn’t do, more than the ones you did”, so let us all, stop regretting and start living.
Do yourself a favour. Before it’s too late, without thinking too much about it first, pack a pillow and a blanket and see as much of the world as you can. You will not regret it. One day, it will be too late.
– Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake.