Inside a restaurant in Bali one day, we suddenly saw this map:
Asia centric world map
It may seem very ordinary to some people, but this just blew my mind. Growing up in Brazil, all of the maps I’ve seen in my life looked much more like this:
To me, Asia has always been on the other side of the world, as far as I could go. Then looking at that map in Bali I realized that to them, I’m the one living on the edge. Literally. Brazil is on the right edge, where there is nothing left to be seen or shown. And then I wondered…isn’t everything just a matter of perspective? Who is right or wrong, who lives near or far, who has the “right” religion, which country is better, summer or winter, hot or cold. After all, remember that once it was thought that the Earth was a square.
Life is not an exact science. It’s a twirled path with many ups and downs, choices and perspectives to be seen. It’s only up to you and me to choose to be open to these new ways to see and understand the world. Next time you have an argument, try to see the other side, it’s just a matter of perspective, of different points of view.
That being said, let’s have some fun seeing the world through different perspectives, shall we?
North Pole centered map
America centered map
Antarctica centered map
Ever since I arrived in India, I’ve made many friends and been to many farewells, seen many arrivals and departures. Whenever you arrive in a new place you feel like the outsider. You have no friends, you know nobody, and you keep listening to endless stories of people who once were here and now are …
I am very sorry I’ve been absent for such a long time. I thought that on my trip to Thailand it would have been easy to post, but of course that when you are travelling, every day is so tiresome that in the end you have no energy to write. Lesson learned. And finally, when …
When December comes, do you usually look back at your year to analyze what you have accomplished or not, what has changed and make new year resolutions? I can’t help not to. So December is finally here. Last year, by the end of December, I was in Florianopolis, a beach in southern Brazil. As New …
In a few months it will complete 1 month that I’ve been blogging. In less than 1 month, I’ve got more than 1700 page views, 500 likes on my page on Facebook, and 420 views on the “Cultural Shock” post alone. It makes me really happy to see that in such a short time so …
Today is my 5th month anniversary in India. I remember perfectly the very day where I landed in this Indialand. The people who were next to me on the plane, my first Indian meal on the plane (which was Rajma Chawal), a mixed feeling of anxiety and apprehension with the belief that everything would be …
Lately, I’ve been talking to many people who are about to arrive in India, or who plan on coming here. This post was specially made for you, and for everyone else who plans on or who would like to know what it’s like to move to another country. Hopefully it will help you overcome the …
One of the downsides of moving to another country is to be away from people you love. It’s very likely that eventually a very tricky question might pop up in your mind: “WHAT IF something happens to someone I love while I am gone?” Well, this week someone very close to me lost her father. …
Last night at around 2am I was inside a car with a few friends who were driving me to an unknown place. On a cold Monday night, just a few hours before having to go to work. We got out of the car, climbed up some stairs, walked through a village, climbed some more stairs, …
Recently I’ve found my crew: the travelers. Let me explain. One of my favorite authors is Ken Robinson. Among other things, he talks about the importance of doing something you love and finding your element, which would be the combination of something you do well, and something you love to do. I will make more …
Yesterday, I started promoting my new Facebook page. In less than 24 hours, I’ve got 100 likes, which makes me really happy! Ever since I started posting, I’ve been getting wonderful words and support of amazing people who, somehow, feel inspired or touched by these simple words.
Everyone who relates to my posts is a wonderer. A dreamer. A believer. Everyone who likes to read my stories hopes and believes that this world can be a good place.That is what I believe in, and that’s what I’ve been trying to show you every day.
And I believe that if one by one, I can make more people see the world as wonderful as I see it, all of us will have a better future and a better place to live in.
So THANK YOU for believing as well, thank you for all your love and support.
100 wonderers on Facebook! Click on the image to check the Facebook page!
For my fellow Brazilians, this is a post I made for the blog 360 meridianos, which tells a bit about what it’s like to live in India. This text is in Portuguese, but works fine in English with Google Translator. Otherwise, the version in English will be posted soon.
My testimonial on 360 meridianos blog.