Why do we travel? I think travel helps us to find ourselves. Our outer travel is matched by an inner one. That’s also why a journal is such an important tool to have on our journeys. The act of penning down your thoughts as you travel along helps to lend clarity. With that comes focus. And the rest will fall into place.
With clarity, I begin to know who I am and how to make this one life count.
That’s it! Clarity.
There I was up on the slopes of Mt. Rinjani and I remember I was taking it slow at one point. My guide had ahead of me because I had told him not to wait. With a clearly marked trail I knew I would be alright. I would just follow right behind.
Now, my guide’s a very conscientious fellow and with our hardworking porter, well, the two of them are always looking out for me. And they are also faster trekkers, too. To them it’s almost like a walk in the park, wearing only flip flops, cut-off jeans and an old t-shirt.
Life is often like the mist that occludes our vision
Then out of no where the mist came. At first, just fine wisps that floated here and there but which also quickly surrounds you. Very soon, it had thickened to something so thick that you can’t even see your own hands. You are totally enveloped by it.
So, when the mist came and I couldn’t even see my own two feet as well, I naturally got scared. Coupled with the eerie silence, the whole scene was just so unnatural. I didn’t dare make another step. All I could do was pull on my poncho because it had gotten really cold as well.
Finally, I called out to my guide and there he was. Now that’s what I call an excellent guide. He had turned around to look for me and together we made it safely to camp.
The journal is your best tool for clarity
When you put down your thoughts onto the pages of your journal, you are taken out of yourself. Thoughts are energy. Words are energy.
Like the mist that will eventually life and the way ahead is clear again, penning your thoughts have the same effect on use. We gain a clearer perspective into our lives and our motivations.
The inner journey
As without, so within. The inner journey is by far the most important trip one could ever take.
The only way out is in.
So, the next time you embark on a journey, bring a journal with you. Pen down your thoughts as you make your way everywhere. Paste in all your ticket stubs and receipts from places you visited e.g. museums, galleries and bookshops. Maps, menus, photos, drawings, or watercolour sketches.
Then take a step back and go through your journal and tell me truthfully if you didn’t learn a thing or two about yourself.