At the moment I am about a third of the way through Paulo Coelho´s ´The Pilgrimage´ (1987). This book has resonated with me on so many levels. While, as with all of Coelho´s book, the book is more about the message than the story itself, there are some parts I really want to share.
¨The ship is safest in the port, but that´s not what ships were built for."¨ p21
¨When you travel, you experience, in a very practical way, the act of rebirth. You confront completely new situations, the day passes more slowly, and on most journeys you don´t even understand the language the people speak. So you are like a child coming out of the womb. You begin to attach much more importance to the things around you because your survival depends upon them. You begin to be more accessible to others because they may be able to help you in difficult situations. And you accept any small favour from the gods with great delight, as if it were an episode you would remember for the rest of your life.
At the same time, since all are new, you see only the beauty in them, and you feel happy to be alive.¨ p32
I feel that this paragragh really explains why it is I love travel. Everything is new and exciting and a little scary. But at the same time most people you meet are in the same situation, so they are more open and welcoming than they may be at home. I feel that travel brings out the best in people. Travelling, through giving us knew stimuli, helps keep us alive instead of meerly living.