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The world is a book, so read all the pages

comment Updated: May 31, 2016 09:32 IST

Besides the main journey of life for which we are here on this planet, and which lasts as long as we are alive, there are several other journeys that make life worthy.

One of them is taking a break and rewarding yourself by doing nothing and letting yourself wander footloose, far away from your workplace and busy life.

Taking a journey to a place hitherto unknown can be a great excitement and not only educative but inspiring and energising too. However, you have to make it a point that you go to a place that will add value to life and you come out a richer and a better person.

Your experience of a new place gives you a new outlook, a new vision; andit is possible that youmay get to realise that you were living in a fool’s paradise.

In other words, seeing is believing. It enriches your life and gives you a fresh zeal to take up newer and more beneficial experiments .

That is why Mark Twin said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”

The point made is that it is only by travelling that ignorance and bias get lifted and you are face to face with the realities of life. Travel brings in reality by pushing out imagination and belief.

Travelling opens up your mind to new possibilities, and by the time you come back, you maybe a ‘different’ person, closer to the realities of life. That makes you a more liberal, kinder and forgiving person because you have realised that variety is the spice of life. We need not put ourselves in a straitjacket.

Theologian St. Augustine has the best words on travel: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

(Inner Voice comprises contributions from our readers. The views expressed are personal)

First Published: May 31, 2016 09:32 IST