So after two months in Colombia I’m going home. As in all of my travels, this trip too I had plenty enough time to contemplate.
Traveling has brought me much. Ever-changing horizons. Immersion in nature. A sense of freedom. The ability to adapt and be flexible. Open-mindedness towards different cultures and lifestyles. A different way of taking in the world.
It made me experience firsthand that the world is incredibly beautiful. But also that there are too many people living here (ever tried to get on a subway in Manila, the Philippines, during rush hour?)
Anyone who knows me only a little bit knows about my concerns about the future of this amazing planet. We are all in this together, and for me it doesn’t feel right just pointing fingers at others. While governments certainly do need to take tough action, they derive their courage to do so from the conduct of citizens.
I also firmly believe it’s about changing our mindsets. Maybe not everything is meant to be within our reach. With ‘everything’ we are depleting our planet’s resources and destroying its beauty.
To me, it’s about giving up certain things in an attempt to live more in balance with nature. It’s about wanting more of less.
I wish I could be bold enough to say I will never get on an airplane again. I can’t promise that. Travelling has become part of my identity. I have considered myself a traveller for quite some years now. I guess it’s time to leave this part behind me, though, be thankful for all it has brought me and find joy and fulfillment in different areas of my life. After all it’s in the small things, the little gestures, if only you don’t let these moments slip away unintentionally.
Ghandi said: “All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.”
Or, a bit more catchy:
Be the change you wish to see in the world.