Monday, February 27, 2012

What would you do with several lifetimes?

"All unhappiness stems from the inability to just stay put at home."
-Pascal

Lately I've been thinking about how cool it would be to live several lifetimes. 
So that I could live several places and experience different things, eat all kinds of different food, meet different people, have different jobs and career paths.

There are way too many possibilities in the world to experience in just one lifetime. It's seems a bit unfair that we basically have to be tied to just one path. Money, or the lack there of, keeps us from being able to experience the things we wish we could.

Wouldn't it be ideal if the pursuit of the world would be to better ourselves and the world around us, and building relationships and helping those around us instead of monetary gain and materialistic things. Who decided that was a good idea?


I went to Canada with my fiance to visit her family there, and we took three day tour around to different places.  We got to see a lot of cool things, saw some historically significant buildings and cities and my favorite of the whole trip was probably Niagara Falls.  It is truly and incredible sight to see, one that no number of pictures could ever do justice to.  You really have to go see it yourself to understand how awe inspiring it really is.

That got me thinking about how many natural wonders there are around the world. Not just natural wonders though, there are great cities and man made things worth seeing all over the world.  There are cities to explore and people to meet and so many experiences that I know i'm missing out on just sitting at home or going to work day in and day out.  Everyone should be able to take a world tour to all the great places, and maybe, just maybe that would cure our ignorance of foreign cultures and give us an appreciation for other peoples and ways of life.  It's truly a shame we can't afford to experience more.  

I watch TV shows like "Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations Please," where he gets to travel around the world and try food from all over; or "Top Gear" the British Car show where they get to go to different countries and drive around and do fun challenges all the time.  I watch that show and see the beautiful landscapes and views when they are driving around Europe and Japan and all these great places, and I think to myself, where could you possibly drive where I live and see something like that??? It's a wonder anyone decided to settle here and an even greater wonder that everyone who lives here isn't depressed their whole lives.  Maybe if I'm lucky I'll get to work on one of those shows that goes all over the world.  Maybe Pascal was right, unhappiness comes from the inability to stay at home, but I don't want to stay at home.

Oh to be a world traveler...