There was a travel fair recently in Singapore and made record sales of S$85 million, with 70500 folks visited the fair, which ran from 25 Feb to 27 Feb. Singaporeans are a travelling lot are we not?
Personally I have not really been to that many places, its all within my 10 fingers. One might think that i wrote this post in envy of my globe-trotting fellow citizens. Well it is nice to travel, visit places, experience a different culture. I have been doing my fair share of travelling too, in its own extensive way.
You see, I’ve been roaming the depths of my mind.
Where ever we physically carry ourselves to, we cannot escape the thoughts, bias, perceptions we have inside our head. and we carry that wherever we go. We simply cannot escape all that by going to another place physically. What prompted me to write this is because I see so many of my globe-trotting citizens come back from their holiday, with nothing but souvenirs to share. They leave for the holiday the same person, they came back from the holiday the same person, nothing about them has changed.
There is a kind of trappings that a holiday cannot free in us. that is the trappings of our own sanity. We can have a good time, escape to some merry-making part of the world, experience snow, Disney, but when we come back home to reality, after all that high from a holiday, we sink even lower. that is not very different from being addicted to substance.
When i Get a chance to travel, I would talk and share my overseas with a lot of my friends. Only two things can happen from my trips. I see the world, and relish how fortunate i am in Singapore. Or I see the world and ravel at the level of sophistication, and is humble with what little progress Singapore has made, and has yet to make.
I never forget that even in some advanced countries, you cannot drink water straight from the tap. We could. In some countries I’ve been, the folks knows orderliness in the subway without being told, in Singapore, we are still trying.
So travel all you can, but the most important journey is the one we take in our head, for without taking the most important journey, Our physical journey is all but black and white.