Musings: Quote Wednesdays…
When it comes to discussing other countries, everyone has their own opinion…but please, for the love of all things holy, learn to have your own, too – by checking the pudding for proof.
Don’t just listen to the media.
Don’t just take anyone’s word for what a country is like.
You can listen all you want to what other people have to say about other countries – but don’t just blindly believe it. Technology today has us travel more than 5000+/- miles in just under a half day. There’s no excuse to just sit and listen to what your TV (or your friend who’s never been to their immediate neighbouring country) has to say.
For The Weekenders might be up a little late this week…but hopefully it’ll get you inspired to book your next flight.
Hope everyone’s having a great week.
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I’m hoping everyone’s week is off to a good start. While I know I skipped For The Weekenders last week, it’ll run as usual this week…but for this episodic musing I’d like to throw some thoughts your way on something directly related to it – travel.
Let’s get started.
Musings Episode 77: Travel…
This time around I’ve really decided to start focusing on travelling abroad more though. Reason being is because I think with the sheer amount of craziness that’s been erupting in politics – xenophobia in particular – that people need to be doing a lot more of this than they currently are.
But a lot more of it with an open mind.
Every time I travel, there’s a certain trend I notice at least once during the trip.
There’s always someone else who is also travelling, but is a complete ass to the people of the country they’re travelling to.
I say this not to rant, but because there’s a certain characteristic that, like I said earlier, each individual that acts like this is missing: an open mind.
When you travel with an open mind, you get to fully experience the culture. You get to taste, feel, breathe, and drink it. It goes beyond hotels and fancy restaurants, gift shops and clothing stores.
Which brings us to the point that there are two types of travellers – the tourist, and the culture enthusiast.
You might want to consider checking if you’re the latter, because you can learn a lot more when you travel if you are.
One’s open minded, one’s not.
What do I mean by open minded though?
Well I find the way most people travel to be rather…boring. Typical. Being a tourists usually goes like this…
You get on a plane. You check into a hotel. You stick to the touristy areas. You buy shit you don’t need. You buy more shit you don’t need. Both of which can actually be purchased at any touristy area in several countries.
You eat at the restaurants that cater to tourist the most.
You make a half assed effort at speaking the language but still really, really prefer English.
You hop on a tour bus.
You hop off a tour bus.
You stick to a guided tour.
Then there’s the culture enthusiast.
You get on a plane. Sure, you check into a hotel but you do a little research, find something that not every tourist and their grandma knows about.
You explore local areas. You spend your money renting a car and checking out more areas.
You look for good restaurants off the beaten path.
You get a relatively decent grasp of the language, enough to at least be mildly conversational, and discourage using English unless absolutely necessary.
You find out what the locals like to do for fun.
You do what the locals do for fun.
You meet a few cool locals while doing what the locals like to do for fun.
You learn new things.
You avoid guided tours and tour buses like the plague.
What’s the difference between the two?
I like to think of the tourist as someone who observes from the outside – like watching a fish through a glass bowl.
Yeah, they’re in a country, they sleep, eat, and spend money in it, but rarely do they ever actually touch the culture. Rarely do they ever relate, or even find something or someone to relate to.
While the culture enthusiast actually feels the culture.
They may not end up befriending everyone in the city or area, but they take a little bit of something away while leaving something behind, in the abstract sense.
There’s a saying:
Engage with people from another country and you’ll come to better understand them.
When you begin to understand them more you begin to connect with them more.
When you begin to connect with them more, you begin to relate to them more.
And when you begin to relate to them more, all those walls, all those mental barriers that people put up, that politicians put up, that the media puts up…will slowly start to come down.
Travelling is more than just a good holiday.
It’s a chance to learn something.
A chance to connect with something outside of your comfort zone.
A chance to connect with people you might never get to connect with in your own space.
And when people start connecting with other people in a positive way, well some pretty epic, pretty significant changes to things, and the way you think, can happen.
Look out for Quote Wednesdays this week.
And as always…
Improve Your Lifestyle. Improve Yourself. This is Life. This is Rego’s Life.™
It’s that time of the year again where people celebrate holidays, reunite with family, and start thinking on their New Year Resolutions.
In saying that, I thought this week’s musing would be appropriate. I wanna discuss with you all about starting new, and getting rid of any old and negative things, thoughts, and beliefs that aren’t really important in life.
Therefore I am encouraging all my readers to comment more and share below – I check my stats on here at least 3 times a week – while I appreciate all the great views from so many different readers, I still like to actually hear from my visitors as well. So let’s see some comments and discussion – after all, it’s one of many reasons why the site Rego’s Life was made.
So to continue, let’s start with a little something I like to call “clean slates”…
The phrase in and of itself is a pretty clear explanation of the topic at hand. Every year, people everywhere, and from every culture, push to start off the new year with a “clean slate” – new goals, plans, or an idea for a new business, etc.
A large percentage of the world consider the new year to start on January 1st, 2013.
Jewish kick it off with Rosh Hashanah.
Chinese with Chinese New Year.
The list goes on and on…
…and every culture has their own way of bringing in the new year with different customs and “rituals,” for lack of a better word. House cleaning, money giving, celebratory foods, another exercise regime, new affirmations with all sorts of promises to themselves, or others…
…but how about the rest of the year?
Why just wait until the beginning of a new year – why cut yourself short of the chance to start a better life sooner?
In saying this, what many have the opportunity to realize is the new year isn’t the only time to wipe your slate clean and start being better and bigger.
It can happen anytime you want…it’s merely allowing yourself the time to make it happen.
This is exactly what prompted me to get COMPLETELY out of the j.o.b. world and push for a more fulfilling life… Were my thoughts that it would ever be or is easy – believe me when I say EVERY entrepreneur has their bad days…but compared to the shit you have to shovel at working a standard job – well paying or not (and I’ve had BOTH ends of the spectrum), the freedom to control your own time is most definitely worth it.
How many of you will agree – financial stability is one of many great feelings in the world. The thought of eating healthy and having a great place to live, comfortable threads on your back, and proper heating/air conditioning are the simple things you enjoy in life but don’t really stop to think and appreciate.
Yet if they suddenly disappear, only then do you realize how much they mean to you.
Truth is though you really should – it’s in appreciating the smaller things you can actually start anything you want with much greater ease and a feeling of assurance. Once you understand what you already have in front of you – it’s from there you can wipe all the unnecessary things out of your life and start with fresh new ideas, concepts, and actions.
These days mass accummulation is so easy – both mentally and physically. Mentally, a person can accumulate a lot of cloudy thoughts and ideas, negativity, and fear – all of which can mix in with positive and clear, prioritized thoughts…the thing to remember is though, is that negative and positive forces can’t reside in the same space for long.
It’s impossible – one will overpower the other, and the one that does is entirely up to you. So if you’re feeling a little off, but you have a lot of positive things around you going on – that one negative thing that’s got you feeling not like your normal self can easily overpower all the other positive things around you.
On the flip side – if you’re feeling great, and you have a lot of negative things going on around you – though it may take more effort – focusing on that one positive thing can eliminate each and every little negative thing/thought going on around/within you.
I know what you’re probably thinking – easier said than done, right? That all depends…on exactly how you handle things. Feelings can be powerful tools – and weapons.
So starting now, give yourself the chance with a clean slate, and utilize your feelings, thoughts, and beliefs to become the most powerful, useful tools at your finger tips.
- Musings Episode 35: Strength Training – It’s Not Just Physical… (regoslife.com)
- Musings Episode 32: Because Really, Life’s Just One Big Playground… (regoslife.com)
- Musings Episode 36: Promises… (regoslife.com)