The popular maxim goes, “It’s all about the journey, not the destination”. All our lives, we aim to reach somewhere, probably to a place that promises us all the happiness and satisfaction, working hard to make it come true. With great zeal and enthusiasm, we plan for all that tasks to be done once the destination is reached, all the sights to be taken in and all the people to be met. This is true with life and travel, as both need a journey in between to reach a goal or a destination. Why didn’t anyone tell us to take the time to smell the roses that lie in our paths as the journey is a part of our lives too?
When you plan a trip from point A to point B, you consider the flights (or alternate modes), the accommodation available at point B, and also select the friends you would be comfortable travelling with. The prudent reader would have noticed that all of the above focusses majorly on the end point of the trip. Before you know it, the sightseeing is done, all places of interests have been seen, and of course, the mandatory photographs have been clicked and posted online. The return journey has already begun!
Stop to savour the moment that is now
Come to think about it, the greatest moments of our lives are the tiny bits that lie in the middle. From falling in love until marriage, the courtship years are the ones that are etched in our memory for ever, as every couple would agree. For a trekker who is seeking a bird’s eye view from the top, the journey may probably turn out to be more enjoyable than the reaching destination itself. The tiny rivulets that bring in fresh water, and the gushing waterfalls energising the tired travellers are of much more significance that the bird’s eye view one craves for.
Don’t wait for the next milestone
The brief unsuspecting moments of tranquillity and peace can be found in the midst of the journey rather than at the end of it when the entire focus is on the achievement. You should accumulate these fragments and use them to create an unforgettable collage of timeless memories. Revisit them and refresh yourself when the mood is low, as it is the perfect antidote for a melancholic evening. Why get wrapped up in all the details, when there is so much to enjoy by being in the moment?
Remember any holiday you took with friends or family and the questions you asked yourself. What will I do there? Which are the places that I will see? And where should we eat? One gets so consumed by these thoughts that one forgets to emphasise the fun and thrill felt while reaching there. The help offered by the locals when your car was stalled will always be priceless, or the fresh hot tea offered by a fellow passenger in the train that triggered a lifelong long friendship is irreplaceable. These are the in-between moments we live for, and instead of taking them for granted, we should be thankful we were able to experience them first-hand.