Friday, 19 August 2016
France prides itself as much as any nation on its ability to never let life get it down. C’est la vie is a globally recognized phrase for "that’s life." The French also like to shrug their shoulders and say bof a lot, in what is the most succinct expression of "Whatever man, just roll with it" in the world.
French race walker Yohann Diniz’s 50-kilometer race walk Friday embodied his nation’s indifference to adversity. The world record walker somehow finished the race in eighth place despite every reason to stop. In fact, when Diniz appeared to poop his shorts early in the race, it spurred his efforts. Through 30 kilometers, he had a commanding lead of about a minute and a half that was increasing with each step.
Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.
Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.
Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.