Do you ever get that gnawing feeling inside yourself where you start asking yourself “what am I doing here?” until it becomes a constant hum in your mind’s backdrop that slowly swells and reaches a crescendo? Do you sometimes feel wrong footed because of the curve balls life tends to throw at you? Do you sometimes feel that you don’t belong here but somewhere else, a place where you will be able to meet your tribe, your people, who will understand you even if you don’t share the same familial ties, speak the same language or eat the same food? If you do, welcome to the club!
As an extremely socially awkward human being who’d rather bite her arm off than engaging in a conversation with others, a travelling bucket list seems to be a dream too good to be true. However, now that the Blindlist has sparked ideas in my mind, here are the places (imaginary or otherwise) where I’d want to travel to experience life like never before:
1. The Land of Silence: There’s this place caught somewhere between the late hours of night and the break of dawn and which has placid waters and still air and the weightless weight of silence. This land, as the name suggests, is the one to go to in case you want to spend some time on introspection. This would be my first stop while on my Blindlist travel to pause, breathe, think and reflect on what life so far has been and what it should be from the present moment on. My visit to the land of silence would be silence the fears, worries and regrets in my mind so that I can look deep inside myself, because more often than not, you tend to find the answer you are looking for inside you. This land, with its water without ripples, trees without rustling leaves and sense of lightness will help me realize what my next steps should be rather than what I feel pressured to do.
2. The Land of Kindness: This little strait of land can be found appearing anywhere the sounds of laughter, chatter and friendly talks override the murmurs of disapproval, judgement and gossip. You will know this land when you see it because of the shimmering borders that tend to expand and engulf the surrounding areas. Once I step out of the Land of Silence, I will go in search of the Land of Kindness, because this is where I will learn to be kind to not just others but myself. This land, with its calm breeze, pale pink blossomed trees and the earthy scent of land after the first rain will help me learn to look at myself and others with kindness and master the most difficult art of forgiving.
3. Ubuntu: This land, with its red soil, blue skies and green pastures is the next place I’d visit because this is where I would overcome my fear of being judged and understand what acceptance. Unlike the other two lands, this land is inhibited with people, animals and birds and is a little tricky to find. This is the place where I would learn to shed my inhibitions and worries of being judged, and allow myself to become one with humanity. This is the land that will teach me that I am because You are, the literal meaning of Ubuntu. This is the place I will learn to speak with kids through action without a language, this is the place I will receive a warm hug and food from a nonna, this is the place I will learn to laugh with a group of teenaged girls because it’s here the essence of life lives on.
4. The Life: The final destination that I plan to visit is The Life, a land I wouldn’t even know I have stepped into until I have walked well past its borders. If I were any wiser from my previous travels, I’d know that my journey through this land has just begun and will not be ending any time soon. I’d hope that whatever I learnt in my previous visits would be put to good use and help me learn to live and love life and make it count.
Posted as part of Indiblogger Contest in association with Luftansa to #sayyestotheworld and go through #theblindlist