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Travel As The New Black


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“One fine day, it will be your turn. You will leave homes, cities and countries to pursue grander ambitions. You will leave friends, lovers and possibilities for the chance to roam the world and make deeper connections. You will defy your fear of change, hold your head high and do what you once thought was unthinkable: walk away. And it will be scary. At first. But what I hope you’ll find in the end is that in leaving, you don’t just find love, adventure or freedom. More than anything, you find you.”

The Staying Philosophy.

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Travel is the New Black. We all crave getaways, faraway or near as they are. Each experience is not characterized by the distance from home, but by our personalities and faith. We long to find that sense of familiarity with new places, establishing faded footprints within the foreign sand. In hope of finding the positive index from within, be it happiness or excitement. As much as the purpose differs, respect is appreciated on any piece of land we are on. And respect comes in the most rural form of humanity. Simple is bliss and this is very real.

Travel is the new exciting form of escapism rather than adventure for some, not till we realize we actually mature from it one day. We cultivate good behaviors and grow positively. We bring new perspectives and negate stereotypes away. For this is what goes around comes around. Escapism has turned good.

Travel is creative. There is no pledge to say or anthem to sing because nothing is for sure. We have our own mind maps for conquering the world, one step at a time, just like how a child learns to run. Travel slow because it is not a competition but an experience. The visual satisfaction of the number of stamps on our passports is not real, but experiences are. Slow down and we will see how much travel has in store for us. Good things take time, just like how coffee needs time to brew.

Travel is not a manifesto of what you want. Let it be what you pursue to enrich your life. It is a leap of faith to be wild. Imagine captive dolphins being released, the results can be amazing or downright awful. It is the ambiguity and efforts that makes it exciting. Because by doing this, you know that you might lead a better life. This cycle could be vicious but in the most endearing way. No matter what happens, remember that this is our choice and we strive to make this choice an alluring one.

Travel is not perfect but unique. We have our own definitions of perfecting travel, but it will never be. Being unique can be perfect but perfect is never unique. For someone else out there share this very same definition of perfect. The art lies in the absolute way we embrace spontaneity and sacrifices. And these are the aspects that we learn along the road, certainly not teachable yet advisable.

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Travel is not the New Black. It is exhausting. Mentally and physically. We forged bonds on foreign soils, temporary or lasting they might be. Friends that we make come and go like the buses we take to commute in our daily life. They, however serve an intriguing yet important purpose, transport us through phases of life. We slip into that dark hole of believing, though this is what keeps us going. The effects on the body and the soul are grey, alike to the shady line between forgive and forget. Before long, we question ourselves in what we believe all along.

We are all humans, wherever we are. Be grateful to the very moments that happen to you. Unwelcoming, dumb, fantastic, touching they may get, but these are the moments that define your travels, or rather you. For we all return home in time, as part of a bigger home that makes us one.

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11 Things That Don’t Matter That Much When I Past A Quarter Of A Century Old.


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25 years old is certainly not a quarter life crisis as mentioned by many. Instead, life has barely began. Think back about your childhood; you live through the education marathon from middle school to university. It is as if the road was paved for you. Everything was certain and you know what was coming. But the uncertainties come in when you are applying for your first job upon graduation, it feels like you are thrown into a vast patch of safari with no end in sight. And you realized things has changed, so are your perceptions towards everything.

Here is what I got. This is definitely different for everyone.

1) Parties on weekends.

Parties on weekends are slower phrasing out of my life, same goes for late nights. Certainly a good thing for the aging human body and something to celebrate about.

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2) Just that much close friends.

Recently, I heard a very true and mind-engraving remark from someone I had a conversation with; people come and go in life. No matter how much you try, friends will drift away from you over time. And the problem doesn’t lie with anyone, this is just humans and we can’t be that good friends with everyone. 8 good friends is better than 80 ‘friends’.

3) Social updates on Facebook are meh.

Unlike back in school where everyone seems like having a social update war, right now I need that little amount of privacy about what’s going on in my life. Or simply, I’m tired of Facebook and how my parents’ generation are having their own accounts.

4) Do I still look young?

I have passed that stage where I want to look I’m still 18. What matter most is I look good and feel good.

5) People’s perception of me.

I can’t please everyone. I can’t change what people think. I’m myself and that is what’s most important.

6) Peer pressure

Oh come on,  it’s just myself and reality. Get over yourself and you say goodbye to peer pressure.

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 7) Living up to others’ expectations.

We have passed the stage of fulfilling your parents’ expectations, your girlfriend’s expectations or whoever. But if you are working, don’t forget your boss’s expectations. Embrace adulthood, create your own expectations and live up to it. I’m sure they love it as much as they love you.  This brings us to the next point.

8) Letting go my expectations of adulthood.

It doesn’t matter whether your parents are married at the age of 24 or your grandparents are married at the age of 18. Adulthood is a journey of self-discovery and unique to every individual. Don’t let your preconceived ideas hinder it.

9) Is life a rat race?

So what if it is? I got an option here. I make my own decisions and trust that decisions lead to consequences. Like it or not, we all decide if we want to be one of the rats.

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10) Being an adult sucks.

I know right. Bill to pay, stress from work and zero sympathy from anyone. 21 is the legal age of an adult, but bullshit comes anytime. We just get better dealing with it over time. There’s no app for that.

11) Failing at things.

I bet we all have our own share of fail stories to tell. Failing finals, failing to get the girl next door, failing to remember your Dad’s birthday. Failing comes in all sorts and we all learn from it. It doesn’t matter if you fail.

“What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?” – John Green