“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not” Ralph Waldo Emerson
I truly believe I found my HOME... and I don’t mean a specific place ... I mean an experience - a feeling within my own heart and soul. Backpacking is an interesting adventure. Somedays you are always on the go- sleeping in a new bed every night, sometimes you settle into one spot and get almost too comfortable in a routine. Somedays you have one single conversation with someone, say goodbye and know you will most likely never connect again. Other times you spend days with someone having deeper, more meaningful conversations and connections then you would imagine possible in such a short time, eventually saying see you later. For me, I’ve always understood home is where the heart is - for so long my heart was with Mowgli. When he died, he took a piece of my soul with him and I felt temporarily without a home. But home remains the same - a feeling in my heart and soul... and now through this experience, each day, I am more coming back to that “place” aka feeling .... while being on the road.... Home isn’t about what specific city I am in at any given time, where I’m storing my stuff, or even who I am with... it’s all of it - it’s all the different moments and collections of connections put together into one, combined equally with all the time I spend alone, in contentment. It’s the ebs and flows, the good and the bad, the ups and the downs, the laughter and tears... it’s literally the whole experience. It’s the feeling of completeness, acceptance, and contentment regardless of what each circumstance comes my way. I don’t know how else to describe it but I truly feel like I have found home... and it it feels good.
The more I travel the more beautiful places I see the more I appreciate the beauty everywhere... truly everywhere if we open our eyes to it to see .... from every river, lake, ocean, mountain, volcano, corn field, hills, city sky line, small villages across the land... loud, quiet, hustle and bustle, to crazy remote, jungles, and forests and so much more - home, near or far, friends, family and strangers alike ... it’s truly ALL beautiful. Do you see it? If not, blink, adjust your perspective and look again!
I found the quote above in a book I was reading... and I love this quote - so powerful, so true... so many of us go out searching for something outside of ourselves, “it” (whatever it is) never to be found... but what we are searching for isn’t to be found outside, it’s within. The outside is simply a projection of our inside to shine light for us. Look within and find your beauty - I promise it’s there, and once you find it - you will also see the beauty everywhere.