It takes years, experiences and endless conversations to realise that the journey is made, transformed and tailored by the people you cross paths with.
Some people will pass by you and leave nothing for you to reflect on; they may entertain you, make you laugh, cry or even cause you suffering. They may even love you briefly providing you with moments of pleasure but can be that these people won’t be the ones that will inspire you. For once, they can cause, produce and make you feel endless sensations but only trough time you’ll know if there meant anything to you on the long term besides what the gave you on an exact moment in time.
And then, there are THEM.
Someone once said “The best kind of people is the ones that come into your life, and make you see the sun where you once saw clouds; the people that believe in you so much, you start to believe in you, too. The people that love you simply for being you. The once in a lifetime kind of people”
I hope as you are reading these lines you can relate those words and they’re able to bring you back memories of people that have touched you in amazing ways. If you have been blessed through your journey with meeting them, you have then experienced the essence of the journey.
Some people may think that only those that can inspire are educated, able to express themselves fluently, from a certain cultural background and so on…in conclusion, a few lucky individuals chosen to enlighten the rest of us. However, I happened to be often inspired by people that had great strengths and characteristics; most were rich in spirit, often lacking in material possessions, humble people with good hearts with a deep understanding of the human race that can only come when you spend time observing and listening. Many had next to nothing and nothing is what they expected from us. Maybe that is precisely what gives them the capacity to touch our souls; because they are free of material possessions, those same possessions that make many of us slaves of the first world and its stupidity. Those beautiful people that can’t offer you anything of material value, instead, can offer you things that are so valuable that putting a price to them isn’t possible for there is not price enough that can pay their words of wisdom, their genuine smiles and true hospitality.
No one could tell me while I was immersed in a privilege life in London that my often emptiness, would be fulfilled under a Thai moon, in the middle of the jungle where instead of feeling lost and scared, I was at ease, never before so much at ease, seating next to an older Thai countryman that could not speak many words in any language that would make us both communicate with each other but instead he had a permanent smile splashed on his face while trying to set fire and teaching me the technique with limitless patience being perfectly aware that in our perfectly imperfect Westerner first world, possibly making fire would not be an useful skill, but one that in his world could save a life, or maybe several.
I was truly in pace in his company and something really warm about him made me feel so at ease with myself and the tropical unknown surroundings. I could not feel any close to this kind stranger and more far away mentally and physically from my life back home.
And there I was, far away from London feeling that everything was starting having more sense than ever. That man had no material possessions however he possessed a smile that transmitted love and understanding and patience and I felt loved and understood by this older strange man that captured in a smile something that no money could ever buy. I, since then, looked at the world in a different way. From that moment onwards, I understood that it doesn’t matter how much money we own, he will always be richer than us. His richness was composed of moments; most of ours are composed of items.
And in front of me laid a world with inspiring people that sold me fruits when I was hungry, water when I was thirsty, smiles when I was sad, conversations when I was lonely, company when I was alone, help when I was lost.
These people slowly helped me building the journey, they taught me that sometimes knowledge comes from suffering, understanding from struggle; love from ignorance, that money cannot buy everything, that there is no value in words if there are not genuine, that you can have nothing and yet be able to give everything.
I learnt that there are good people in the world that have not much and yet everything they own is for us to take, that there are lives of struggles out there where they give you without expecting anything, where love doesn’t cost anything, where an ice cream can lighten up a whole child’s day.
Learn to live and think humble, give yourself something exceptional to live by. Travel and when you get to your destination, approach the people and smile, let a hello take you to amazing places, make friendships that will last a lifetime, let yourself be loved and love equally and never, ever think that you are better than them because you can buy something they can’t.
Thank you to all the people that I have crossed in my travels, you have and continue making my journey meaningful.