*** The image above is of an ordinary couple I saw on the beach. I don’t know them, but moments before and after this picture were filled with laughter and expressions of their love, even as they got a surprise visit from a high tide wave coming in. Just watching the two of them interact touched me in a way to capture the essence in photo. ***
“Joy comes to us in moments - ordinary moments. We risk missing out on joy when we are get too busy chasing down the extraordinary. “ Brene Brown
As my trip is coming close the end... I have been reflecting much (hahaha what’s new) . The quote from above instantly stood out to me in a book I have most recently been reading that truly encompasses and sums up the most profound moments of joy on the road..... THE PEOPLE ... the people we meet along the way, the connections, the conversations... once, before I traveled I would have thought it was the beauty we discover in places, or the adventure thrill seaking activities we encounter... everyone is always out chasing the extraordinary- thinking that it’s about looking for that next world wonder ... jumping off the next cliff .... maybe for some people this is where they find their most joy, but for me, and most people I’ve been blessed to truly connect with along this journey, we agree it’s always about the people .... I love how this one guy I met described his experience of this, “I’m a traveler and I hunt for treasure,” he said, “The people are the treasure”. This response sang to me, because it is so true.
I have been blessed along these roads with some wonderful people and amazing connections. I have learned so much about myself through these interactions on so many levels ... I have had to also acknowledge and notice how there are so many people on this journey that I have truly connected with that at home I probably would have never engaged with or even taken the time to get to know - which has really humbled me on a new level and forced me to look within and be curious as to why this is so.
I feel like there is (not always) but often a common thread amongst fellow travelers - and getting outside of our everyday routine where we are surrounded by people out of their everyday routine we have so much more opportunity to allow the flow of new connections to come through. Also, we are more open to connection, because if not, we are otherwise alone (which is a whole other awesome topic & amazing part of my travel).
It’s not only the fellow travelers though - it’s all the local people we meet along the way, so many people from so many different cultures and ways of doing things - but then we learn how connected we are by the essence of being human. We may all have different lives on the outside - but we all have the same struggles on the inside - we share the same feelings like pain, sadness, and happiness. We can communicate without words, as well as feel heard, seen and understood.
So in essence I would say it is what on the surface seems the most originate moments that become the most extraordinary experiences, connections and memories. ❤️🙏🏼