Not only did my trip to Sri Lanka this summer serve as a much needed vacation, but also as a much needed reminder of the dangers lurking in not staying present and mindful throughout life. Now this may start to sound like the beginnings of an amazing yoga practice, but yogis and yoginis are not wrong to remind their students to stay present because as I have come to realize, staying present is not easy. We often blunder through life blinded by routine, to do lists, and social obligations. I feel that because of the daily hubbub of life, it is only natural that we take everything good around us for granted. So instead of rambling on, I have compiled a list of things that I took for granted while traveling:
- Drinking straight from the tap: Even though more and more people in Canada swear by bottled or filtered water, at least we can drink straight from the tap here (maybe not in BC right now)
- Having freshly ground coffee beans and a french press at my finger tips
- Getting in my car and running errands on my own because I can
- Not constantly sweating: It just makes daily interactions so much harder; however, it was such a great way to detox!
- Hearing a constant barrage of honking on the roads
- Locking up EVERYTHING – you seriously live in an impenetrable forte
As I re-read my list forged in complete honesty, I cannot help but laugh! I am sure that if family and friends in Sri Lanka read this, I will be perceived as the tourist from now on! In that being said, there was so much I enjoyed while uprooted in Sri Lanka! So, in the spirit of list making…
- Meeting so many interesting people, this time making it a personal goal to actually keep in touch.
- Stuffing my face with delicious, local foods (in my standards anyway)
- Traveling around Colombo in a tuk-tuk
- Viewing the beautiful design aesthetic of the architecture, with hints of colonial British times, but earthy in nature
- Shopping! But more importantly, not paying a ridiculous amount of money for clothes made from real material
Just like with everything in life, there will always be the good and the bad, the things you will enjoy and the things you wish would change. So I will end with this: Is it too bold to say that without travel, we become complacent and distant, lost in our daily routine of sleeping, eating, working, paying bills, etc? Are we always due for an annual uprooting from normalcy to rediscover that which we take for granted?