When traveling in India we met a Polish guy called Krzysztof. He wrote me an email and asked me what I had learned during the 14 months we were on the road. As a closure to this travel blog – here we go:
For some reason I always used to think of life as a long (gray) tube. Maybe it’s education, or maybe I’ve listened too much what everyone else has to say, but things in life seemed to follow one another in a certain way: you are born, you go to school, you get a job, maybe a family, you work, you die.
I still think life is a long tube, but now it’s divided into small colourful sections. Maybe it’s because of the people I met and the things I did: I slowly realised there are A MILLION things I can still do in life – not just one. I can still sail off for a year or two, learn to speak Indonesian or set up my own company. I just n e v e r thought about doing those things. And I also know I can really do them if arrange my life so that it’s possible. It’s a silly, small thought, but it somehow makes me happy. Life is nowadays less serious than before. And I realise life is so much more than what I currently see around me. Life can be so much more.
For anyone who wants to do a long trip: go for it. You don’t need to be a millionaire to travel. As my ex-colleague Julien told me – life is about choices, you either spend your money on a used car or you use that money to travel for a year. If you still ponder whether it’s worth the risk, define the worst case scenario what would realistically happen to you if you took the chance? Would it REALLY be the end of the world?
During the trip I took a daily portrait that became the small clip above. This is me starting our trip in China (November 2011), travelling through Tibet, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore and East-Timor, until finishing the trip in the Philippines (December 2012). Thanks to all of you who read the blog and travelled with us. This is the now the final post to this blog as the next adventure has already begun – check out www.muuks.fi!
Marja & Hannu