I love travel so much. It forces you out of your comfort zone, which means you are truly aware and each moment deserves your full attention. If you are doing it right, you are completely open and approaching new people and places with an open heart.
I try not to get lost in taking too many photos (even with the most spectacular views I have ever seen in Chile and Argentina). I think its important to stand back, away from others if possible, and think about how a place makes you feel. If you are truly in the moment, you will recall how that felt when you are looking at a photo later. Heck, you may not even need a photo to get that feeling back.
I received a book to read on this trip as a gift from my boss and friend Joan. “The Untethered Soul” is all about living with an open heart, and not letting bad energy get you down. Let it flow right through you, and return to a place of positivity and openness.
I was feeling naturally quiet and introspective on our travel day from Torres Del Paine to El Calafate. I woke up with what I thought might be the first signs of a cold, and just didn’t have my normal burst of energy. I kept to myself on the bus and listened to music.
When we arrived in El Calafate, I had a great time in town, and was looking forward to “an hour to shower” before our group dinner. One thing after another went “wrong.” I got to my room and one of my bags was not there, and it took a while to sort it out with the staff. So much for my hour to freshen up! Then, I had a quick shower and came out realizing there was not a single towel in the room to dry off with. All the running around meant I forgot to take cold medicine (so I got anxious I may not nip the cold in the bud). When we got to the restaurant, I was the last to get my meal (thinking they had forgotten). It was making me cranky.
I could have gotten more and more miserable, but I thought about what I have been reading. I took a deep breath, and decided to let it all flow through me, and to get energized and be present in this incredible moment.
I was able to fully enjoy myself at that dinner, and then headed back to my room to recharge. Today, I don’t feel like I am getting a cold, and I am pretty happy I didn’t let being tired and “the small stuff” get me down.
Wherever you go, there you are. Bring your best self if you can.