“…if you want to come back feeling new, alive and full of fresh hope and in love with the world, I think that the place to visit may be ‘Nowhere.’
It seems counterintuitive, especially to our generation, to sit still. We’re surrounded by travel bloggers and “lifestyle entrepreneurs” who herald and boast about their ability to be anywhere, at any time. In a way, this distorts our perception of travel, as it becomes an end goal, and not a means to becoming a well rounded, cultured and open individual.
Just a few months after graduating in 2010, while I was working at a job I didn’t like, travel seemed like a perfect, romantic escape. I dreamt about dropping everything, and going backpacking through Europe. But what would that have accomplished? After a trip like that ended, I would have been right back where I started: unhappy with my current situation and uncertain of my next move.
I didn’t need to change my location; I needed to change my perspective. Only by looking inwardly and being ruthless with myself would I be able to take the proper steps towards fulfillment and ultimately, a return to happiness.
As Seneca said,
“And we must realize that our difficulty is not the fault of the places but of ourselves.”
You could be happy in your hometown or depressed in Paris, the fault lies not in the location, but within you. In times of growing un and underemployment, travel seems like the perfect escape. And it did to me too, back in 2010 and 2011.
But now that I’ve been Lost in The World, I can see why in “The Art of Stillness” Iyer makes the case that sitting still is the most rewarding and exhilarating destination available.
If you haven’t yet, check out Pico’s talks (this one about home is brilliant too) and books. Great perspective and insight from probably the most traveled man today. Love to hear what you think about travel and ultimately, re-discovering oneself.
Thanks for listening.
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