As I read through the Iyer article, I highlighted various phrases that resonated with me or that I found interesting. Through the article I moved through different spaces of thought wanting to pick out something ‘really good’ to share with the group. In the end, I’ve come to the first and last excerpts I highlighted, both from George Sarayana. The first being “to sharpen the edge of life” and the last, “There is a wisdom in turning as often as possible from the familiar to the unfamiliar; it keeps the mind nimble; it kills prejudice, and it fosters humor.”
These two excerpts, I think, represent why I like to travel in a much more eloquent way than what I might string together. I like to be comfortable but also am ok being uncomfortable. I appreciate learning and being challenged and humour is, of course, something I enjoy too. I like the visual description of “sharpen[ing] the edge of life” – this felt really active and engaging to me. Being present in the moment is something I feel is important in all aspects of life and especially so when you are engaging with the “unfamiliar”.
I am looking forward to meeting all of you and continuing conversations started on this board, in our upcoming skype calls and starting new ones while we travel!