Morning Journal

I feel that I am very fortunate because I have had many opportunities in my life to learn, to travel, and to grow. It's so easy to think that your life is the only kind of life there is--that people everywhere do things the way you do and understand the world in the same way that you do, but it's really not that way at all. I have to embrace and experience the good and the bad. I learn to understand the complexities of other societies, and in return feel more politically engaged aswell.

This is the first time in my life that I have traveled somewhat alone, I feel that I am preparing myself for the years of travel that I have promised myself after I graduate college. I underestimated how difficult it is, but I also (even though I knew it would be rewarding) underestimated how rewarding it is. I get to decide what I want to do with my time, and ultimately what I want to take away from my experience. There are different types of travel. I could go to a resort, stay in beautiful and well-equipped hotels, and go on tourist excursions around the city. I could go to the places with big names to take pictures of myself in front of the monuments to prove what I have seen. I have nothing against this kind of travel, but its not the kind that I ache for. When I travel, I went to gain a deeper understanding of the culture I am immersed in--this means seeing the good and the bad. I want to eat authentic food, converse with authentic people, see where the natives go and what they do. Doing this is so important to me.

I feel a sense of urgency to breathe in sync with other people, people who don't breathe the way I do, even if its just for a little while. And I feel fortunate that I have travelled this way because when I'm floating out on a little wooden boat watching the sunset from a calm ocean I am experiencing beautiful simplicity. Beauty that didn't have to be overly manufactured, beauty that just is. Beauty isn't necessarily found in extravagance. Beauty is simplicity. This is why I itch to travel. It brings me back to my basics and makes me raw. I truly feel with all my heart that I can be a better human being to the world because of it.