Seeing it Differently and Taking it Lightly

“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.” – John Lubbock

Sabawan-Maripipi, Biliran

Recently, I answered an essay question asking what is an important ‘milestone’ in your life and what have you learned from it?

So what really is that significant event that changed my outlook in life? I think it’s when you realize what you are passionate about.

I love learning that it led me to take a graduate class, but I was completely worn out from working full time while attending law school. Burnt out, I quit school.

I was used to getting busy with different things, but when I had all the time – I sat in front of my computer, browsing photos of myself with verdant mountains, turquoise waters and blue skies in the background. I felt proud that I’ve been to these wonderful places and met kindred spirits. With that I realized there’s something else I love most — traveling.

Wasn’t it the reason I was absent in classes because I was on the road to a secluded beach or to mountain trails?

It brought me realizations that I wouldn’t have learned sitting in four corners of the classroom. This might be just excuses from quitting school, but I’d say I have reasons you might not understand.

It feeds my curiosity.

My curiosity fueled my passion for travel. Aside from enjoying the beautiful scenery of the place, I love learning about a town’s history and the trivialities of their everyday lives.

I wondered why village folks always seem more content despite not having the comforts we have. I keep finding myself with more questions. Why they haven’t look for jobs outside their quiet and peaceful village and earn more in the bigger towns or cities. Why some prefer to spend their lives tending farms at the mountainside when they have worked in the city before.

I even pondered why I was born in a third world country and thought of how lucky those living in developed countries where they can get paid really well and buy things we consider expensive but cheap to them.

“Okay raman mi dire day bisan magkalisud usahay,” said a 40ish woman from a remote village. I am jealous hearing those words that were taken lightly..

PS: I did not answer the essay this way, but I did mention that it’s when I started climbing beautiful mountains and backpacking that made my life exciting with so many lessons brought back home.

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