A matter of perspective

Inside a restaurant in Bali one day, we suddenly saw this map:

Asia centric world 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:

World map

World map

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

North Pole centered map

America centered map

America centered map

Antarctica centered map

Antarctica centered map

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Thank you India!

Isn’t it amazing the journey that is life?

Today, coming back from lunch, walking at an empty sandy road in industrial Jaipur, I started to think of everything that has happened to me since I arrived in “Incredible India”. In only 2 months and a half so much has happened, so many happy but also difficult moments. In the end, it turns out that it really are those hard moments that make me grow the most. For this I am forever thankful. I am thankful for this entire experience, for overcoming challenges, for not losing faith, for all those difficult moments that make me become a stronger person each day. Just as I was thinking about this, my ipod starts playing “Thank You”, by Alanis Morissette, which happens to have an almost too perfect chorus for my thoughts:

“Thank you India
Thank you terror
Thank you disillusionment
Thank you frailty
Thank you consequence
Thank you thank you silence”
“Thank you India
Thank you providence
Thank you disillusionment
Thank you nothingness
Thank you clarity
Thank you thank you silence”

Life is just such a beautiful journey, even with all its imperfections.

 

Journeys

Journeys