Eudaimonia (noun) Origin: Greek | U·de·‘mOn·E·a The contented happy state you feel when you travel.
“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”
When I travel, I am able to stop thinking about myself. I am able to remove myself from the daily grind. All thoughts of work, stress, anxiety, irritations, etc. fly out the window.
I feel happy walking anonymously through cities and the countryside. Watching people, talking to strangers, viewing normal folks doing normal things.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” –Mark Twain
I love imagining what they are thinking and how they got to where they are. I love even more the realization that no matter where I am, I am no different than the people I meet are in regards to the basics of life.
My to-do list for today:
– Count my blessings
– Practice kindness
– Let go of what I can’t control
– Listen to my heart
– Be productive yet calm
– Just breathe
These things make me happy. These things put everything in my world back into perspective and help me balance myself. I let go of my expectations on others, but even more importantly, I let go of the expectations I have put upon myself. Traveling is how I learn to breathe again.
“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain