In simple words, we travel to experience. It sounds really exciting when your friend tells you about his summit to the Everest Base Camp. But, it’s an entirely different feeling when you’re actually there standing among those huge chunks of snow capped earth protruding towards the sky; humbled by the transience of human life over the permanence of nature. Same thing goes for meeting new people; there is a huge difference in hearing it and living it. The first time you have a chat with someone from a different culture, you feel curious to know your differences from them; upbringing, values, reactions, interests and it goes on. But then when you try out new things, you find that pleasure for things unexplored by you. You feel fascinated by how the French talk about love. You feel at home while having chai-sutta at the Indian dhabha. You enjoy shouting out the chantings at Old Trafford, along with the football hooligans. You embrace the chaos in the crowded streets of Bangkok. As these experiences keep accumulating, you realize how same we all are; of how the true human nature is present at the core of every person you meet. The more you get to know a person, the sooner you realize that all of us are the same in a way; everybody with their own aspirations, values and fragilities shaped by the myriad of experiences they’ve been moulded by.. The ultimate takeaway is what you learn from each other so that in the long run, you can come out with more of your strengths and fewer of your weaknesses.
“You’re an interesting species. An interesting mix. You’re capable of such beautiful dreams and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you’re not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other” – Carl Sagan (Contact)
– Sid Ramesh