Have you ever thought about how learning happens? Is it only from text books and lectures or can it can also happen outside of the classroom? On travels for instance?
Seeing is believing. When you visit a monument that you have only read about in a newspaper article or a travel mag or in textbooks it is an entirely different experience. You get to time travel as you are transported to a different moment in time. You can touch and feel the walls, the stone, the sculptures (some things are hands- off remember), take in the sights and sounds of the place, allow your imagination to soars and register it all in your mind’s eye.
It isn’t always about the destination alone .The journey to the place , the distance and geographies you traverse , the getting there can also be a valuable teacher .Think about the memorable experiences you have had while getting to somewhere even if it is only to your ancestral village or your native place .Which we are all usually so reticent to showcase simply because we feel it isn’t as modern or as equipped with all the trappings of a city .Nowadays even people from the West are in search for such off- beat travel experiences that give them an entirely different flavour .
We gain very little by being frogs-in – the-well .When we step out of the comfort of our homes and travel , we learn to manage with less , we are forced to travel light for a variety of reasons- physical and environmental ( you can’t lug your whole wardrobe around can you ? Also, excess baggage on all modes of travel costs more to transport) you learn to be flexible and adapt and be more accepting and open minded. And what’s even more you shed some of the baggage in your head and you gain perspective and clarity.
Here is a little exercise you can try. Make a list of the places you have seen and those you haven’t -under various categories - your neighbourhood, city, country and outside of it. Aim to tick off at least a few boxes by the end of 2020.
I can guarantee you that the change of scene will be so worth it.
–The writer is a motivational coach