Wednesday

Have a good trip ahead!

How do you describe the feeling that you get before traveling? The much anticipation, the much excitement, the waiting to get that ride to the destination, the things one will do when one reaches the destination…all of this adds much zing and happiness because one is looking ahead, a clean canvas that will eventually get splashed with vibrant energetic colours. You will get to paint your art. Liberating isn’t it?

But if the journey ahead is full of dread, anguish, sadness, non stop tears, pain, memories, even this experience leaves one anxious, wishing the journey would be long over and done with, because one is looking ahead at a canvas that is already painted and waiting for you to be picked up. You will not be allowed to choose your art here.

What a marked difference when purposes of travels can be so different, right? Leisure travel, holiday, meeting friends and relatives, meeting loved ones, work travel all have a note of positivism and good excitement associated with it. Travel when it is to do with a heavy heart- loss of a dear one, moving cities after marriage, being unwell, air sickness and a long haul ahead, all these have a baggage of sadness, loss, a vacuum of sorts that leads to no purpose, the unfamiliar , hence the dread and unhappiness.

Life is a journey people say. I sincerely wish all of you a journey of discovery and exploration always, whatever be the purpose.

10 comments:

ravi deshpande said...

Hi,
See if you can lay your hands on a short story by Susan Sontag named "Project for a Trip to China". She unravels the woes and trepidations and plans before a trip. Simple and full of insights that makes her still the leading thinker of our times. She passed away in 2004 but left behind enough fodder for thought for a generation...

mathatheist said...

Hugg. I wish you the same.

keshi said...

As for me when I travel I am single mindedly focussed on things to buy for the house I.e eatables which maynot be available in Bombay. And ofcourse anticipating the places to visit to eat all kinds of food ( read high in calories) as my excuse is am away from home:)

lalit said...

For me its abt looking fwd to new things and places with historic events associated with it to discover at destination. It also is abt buying souvenirs for people back home:)

melinda said...

Travelling does indeed have a rush of emotion associaciations. I so totally am in sync with what you have posted here Mee

RavneetSingh said...

Ever wonder how it feels leaving a place permanently. Knowing you will not return ever there? :) circumstances, experiences, interactions all go deep in the conscious and make for those emotions which inariably will then always be firmly associated with that place or people

Jim said...

If you indeed pay attention to your emotions then any travel does evoke diverse emotions. A simple act of going from ppint a to point b in your locality in your car can be accompanied by irritation (lack of parking) to joy ( you will check out the girls) :)

Anonymous said...

A necessary companion for me nomatter what travel I undertake is my ipod, with it plugged into my ears I am pretty much lost in my world

Anonymous said...

The word Travel evokes all those emtions and more:)
Happy travelalways to you Mee:)

Mee said...

@RAvi- will do. Thanks!

@mathatheist-:)

@keshi - hehehehe you are a home builder:)

@lalit- touristy yet with a perspective hmmm:)

@mel- ty

@RS- feels sad:(

@Jim- true:)

@Anon- mee too always always with my music:) And happy travels to you too!:)