On Traveling

On Traveling



Move from point a​ to​ point B and you​ have just traveled. But many would not define traveling as​ just that. a​ lot of​ people would consider traveling as​ something to​ do with packing for a​ journey. it​ entails going somewhere one is​ not familiar with or​ going to​ where one seldom goes. Going to​ a​ distant restaurant or​ a​ mall where one frequents for his meals or​ groceries is​ not considered a​ journey. it​ is​ just another itinerary routine of​ the​ day. For most of​ the​ people,​ traveling only happens when one packs his stuff and ventures with much excitement and enthusiasm to​ “the place.” Traveling has really come to​ be defined as​ going to​ a​ distant destination relative to​ the​ experience of​ the​ traveler from his point of​ reference.

The distance may be relative to​ the​ traveler but the​ motion from point a​ to​ point B remains to​ prevail for a​ definition of​ travel. Consider it​ then that a​ thing has traveled when it​ is​ not in​ the​ place where it​ used to​ be after a​ moment has passed. the​ element of​ time attesting to​ that difference spells change and movement. it​ may be too technical to​ speak in​ these terms but it​ is​ from this very basic idea that we have come to​ ignore and neglect the​ beauty of​ travel. Traveling consists then of​ the​ very process of​ moving. it​ is​ the​ process of​ arriving to​ a​ particular place coming from a​ certain point of​ reference.

When one forgets this basic concept,​ one is​ bound to​ miss these little precious moments in​ his life. Traveling to​ Europe for example can be very exciting. But it​ is​ in​ the​ process of​ moving from one place to​ Europe which is​ more exciting. the​ process while getting to​ “the place” builds up much of​ your anticipation which is​ a​ good feeling as​ it​ grows more and more until you​ reach it. it​ definitely psyches you​ up. But when one gets there,​ one is​ confronted of​ the​ reality of​ the​ place. There becomes no room for imagination and fantasizing. it​ is​ similar to​ going somewhere. you​ may just be going to​ your next door neighbor to​ get something. But the​ thought of​ going there is​ suspended until one really gets there. it​ is​ in​ the​ suspension of​ getting into the​ end which makes room for the​ little precious moments. Too bad that one becomes too preoccupied of​ its end in​ the​ mind that one forgets to​ linger in​ the​ moment while getting there.

Comparably this could be similar to​ one’s journey in​ life. “The place” can be enjoyed double if​ one enjoys the​ process. Too bad people often get there before they really even get there.




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