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 posts about him soon.
He also says that an important part of discovering your passions and talents is meeting people that think like you and share your passions. After India, I totally understand what he means by this, and couldn’t agree more.
Since I was a little girl, I have this urge for traveling. Of course that when you are 8 years old, you can’t just go backpacking around the world. But this is a desire that has always been inside of me, in a way that can’t be explained.
It goes beyond the desire of being a tourist and taking vacation once a year, it englobes the unhapiness of being trapped inside offices with no windows, the joy of learning new things you never even imagined before, the breath-taking feeling of stumbling against a wonderful and unexpected piece of architecture or landscape, the pleasure of meeting local people and learning about local cultura, the peace in standing in remote beautiful landscapes listening to the perfect song, or just appreciating the silence and the beauty of the world.
Somehow, I always knew that I deeply wanted not to see, but to experience the world, and somehow the people around me knew this about me as well. I couldn’t do this before mostly because I needed to finish my studies (a lot of studies, by the way!), so I just started working and saving money. When the right time came, I seized the opportunity and left. When I left, both my parents felt that this wasn’t just a trip, but this was the beginning of a long-lasting journey overseas, and I knew it as well.
One of the best things India could have brought to my life is the people I have met. I couldn’t have imagined before that here I would find so many people that think like me, and this was of a great importance. You see, it takes some courage to come live in India. Not because it’s dangerous or anything like that, but because the western world believes so.
For my experience, I would say that foreign people who live in India are usually different than the regular tourists or exchange students that go to Europe or North America. Many of these amazing people I met are rather travelers than tourists. I once had the idea that the world was about Europe or more “touristic” places, but India opened my eyes to the beautiful world that is out there, and to amazing and adventurous people with very interisting life stories, people I feel incredibly comfortable with.
The people I have met here not only are not afraid to change, but actually seeked and embraced change with open arms. And I just love this. They are people like me, who love the world too much to think about going back home permanently, people who don’t know what will happen next and who are fine with this option, people who accept the whole world as their home, and who believe that all cultures are amazing and have something to offer. And people who, overall, don’t believe that traveling should only be done in developed countries. Never could I have imagined that amidst the chaotic traffic, people staring, crazy life of India, I would find such peace and meet people who make me feel so complete and understood.
If you are reading this post and identify yourself with this characteristics, know that you are not alone. If you would like to have courage to change and go to a completely different place by yourself, I am here to tell you that you can do it, that the world is an amazing place, that you will live it and love it, and that there is more people like you out there.
Quoting a song I’ve been listening to a lot, “All this time I was founding myself and I didn’t know I was lost”. Suddenly, everything makes sense.
In the next few days I will introduce some of these people.