Saturday, 3 December 2016
It has been 18 years since the local elections were held in the country. Following the expiry of the five-year term of the elected representatives in 2002, the local bodies have been without people’s representatives for almost 14 years. The governments in the past tried to hold the local elections but in vain due mainly to the conflict and differences among the political parties. As a result, the local bodies, which are the bases for democratic exercise, have been in a mess. The VDC secretaries have been running the overall administrative and development activities at the grassroots over the years. However, the secretaries are hardly available in the villages and also not accountable to the people like the elected representatives of the people. Thus, people have been facing a lot of inconveniences as they are unable to locate the secretaries in the VDC offices. Consequently, corruption and mismanagement have become rampant in the local bodies while development activities have been stalled in the absence of elected representatives at the local level.
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.