“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous.
This is one well-said quotation, and quite relatable, for that matter – “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin. With these few words, a whole lot is encompassed. That travelling gets us the required elixir for plodding on in our otherwise routine lives. That we get a sense of adventure, a pulsating thrill, and also a sense of quietude and peace, when we go visiting other places. When not in the radar of our regular existence, we tend to find a sync with our inner selves, make that deep connect with what we have inside of us.
There are those of us who after having lived what we thought of as full lives, just make a getaway into the calm hills for durations we have not decided on. We just move away from what our present life offers us, and look for what we did not have earlier on – a feeling of being one with the universe. A vibe of being in harmony with Mother Nature.
Others, on the other hand, too make quick ventures out of town, but for a known time. Maybe a week, or even a month at times. This is to rejuvenate their tired minds and bodies from the humdrum or hectic daily living and working. Like, it was said by Sir Richard Burton – “The gladdest moment in human life, methinks, is a departure into unknown lands.”
Sometimes, people even develop a taste for travel to try to uncover the magnificence which our planet earth has, and is not known to them while living in big cities or metros. For it is a very wise Gustave Flaubert, who once remarked that “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”
Hence, it is ideal to just go away someplace else just to get into the mood of how minuscule our footprint is in the sands of time. This is reassuring, and at the same time, something which can make us a bit nervous. That, we are not really everything that nature has…and, that we are not all that unimportant too, in the whole cycle and chain of all that exists.
All said and done, it is a fact that even as per Aesop – “adventure is worthwhile.” And travel is the synonym, the other word, for adventure. It will put you out of the drill of what you go through each day, and brings forth a texture of the new to you, albeit for a short time.
Within this time, you get to explore another side of your own being, which may thus open out corridors within our own selves. This may turn out to be a very invigorating and an energising exercise – one which may beget us the very much sought after “peace.”
Or at least take us away from the mundane, the boring aspect of everyday activities. And to wind up, take a moment to think of “you do not travel if you are afraid of the unknown, you travel for the unknown, that reveals you with yourself” – by Ella Maillart. Which may bring us that much-needed touch of serenity we all crave, wish, hope, for. Who knows, for which, we may just have taken to wanderlust in the first place.
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