Spinning in A Whirlwind of Emotions

Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things: air, sleep, dreams, sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it. (Cesare Pavese)

The value of your travels does not hinge on how many stamps you have in your passport when you get home — and the slow nuanced experience of a single country is always better than the hurried, superficial experience of forty countries. (Rolf Potts)

We can’t jump off bridges anymore because our iPhones will get ruined. We can’t take skinny dips in the ocean because there’s no service on the beach and adventures aren’t real unless they’re on Instagram. Technology has doomed the spontaneity of adventure and we’re helping destroy it every time we Google, check-in, and hashtag. (Jeremy Glass)

It’s funny. When you leave your home and wander really far, you always think, ‘I want to go home.’ But then you come home, and of course it’s not the same. You can’t live with it, you can’t live away from it. And it seems like from then on there’s always this yearning for some place that doesn’t exist. I felt that. Still do. I’m never completely at home anywhere. (Danzy Senna)

For the past few days, I have been spinning in a whirlwind of emotions. I have felt flabbergasted by new experiences, homesick from doing it by myself, frustrated by the foreign and completely amazed at this wonderfully big little world we live in. At times, I have been able to capture some of it through a camera lens and at others, not at all, not even a little bit. I like the quotes above for they’ve made me think long and hard about my travels and my consequent thoughts and actions. I wish that I could tell you that my over-thinking has cultivated an epiphany or some profound wisdom but frankly it hasn’t. Not yet. Right now, I am more muddled than ever. This restlessness I pin down to excess information. I keep telling my parents, it’s not easy to live in this day and age either! Do I settle down or travel awhile longer? Continue participating in social media for self-promotion or stay quiet writing in private? And as I do either, do I work or study further? Again, I hear my ears ringing “first world problem.” Though I really think it is, a problem that is, of our generation. Information overload and unlimited choice can prove impossible to navigate.

So. For now, all I want is balance. Balance between travel and home, reality, and the internet, blogging and writing a bigger project and between career and education.

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Graffiti street in Ghent.
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Vegan burger from Greenway.
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The most amazing vegan lunch at Moon Food in Brussels.
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5 comments

  1. Reblogged this on femidadaadedina and commented:
    Travelling widens your horizon but to travel you need the means. When you travel, you become a world citizen and as one, your home is no more home and your friends are no more local. You are open to more experiences and that opens you up. You are no more satisfied with local events, people, experiences and situations and that has given you a larger canvas to draw. This in turn gives you challenges as what to do with your life. Education? You have more travelling, writing? you can do more travelling, the social media? they become minute when placed with your travels and career? what is better than knowing other people and being able to think of helping them? So travel, open up and learn more. The world is your oyster- open it.

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  2. What you have just said resonates on a deep level with my experience. For the past 2 years, I have been thinking and thinking all over again of what I want to do after graduation. Do I want to study more ? Work ? Travel ? Go back home ? Do everything at once ?
    What do I want ?!

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  3. Balance in life is important for our sanity. That being said you are also blessed to be able to travel and to drink in the world. So regain that sense of balance but never lose that sense of wonder and thirst for the world that takes you on great adventures!

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