To belong or not to belong
I like to not belong. Not to be part of groups, of specific institutions, of beliefs, of political parties, of homelands. Not belonging to anything of all that makes me stand aside from normality. In spite of that, I feel at times much more connected to the environment than most of those who do belong to all that.
We fight for truths, we raise flags, we defend colors, ideas. We support concepts generally accepted by majorities. We have friendship groups, where the codes managed by these groups are more in accord with business agreements than with friendship. We also dress to look and belong to something we call society, and we try to always be on the side of the good, without even knowing or understanding what would be good. What we lack? Something as simple as connecting with the other. We believe that we embrace the other, but we only embrace the causes that speak of the other. We believe that we know the other, but we only encourage ourselves to look in the eyes of perhaps two, three or four people from our immediate environment or group. We think we know what the other feels, wants and thinks, but we only imagine all that product of what is said, or what others who know about that person assures us. I wonder if it is so difficult to really connect with an unknown person, to strip him of all prejudice, and to see him in the eyes, to see him as a human being in movement, dynamic, constantly changing. Or is it real that it affects us so much that since childhood we are taught to be afraid of the unknown?
Meanwhile, we feed mediocrity. We continue to concentrate on our own life goals, we join certain causes, we donate pennies in the supermarket without even knowing that it is in the end the supermarket that donates in its name. We discuss with someone and we are relieved to feel on the "right" or "right side”, as if something really true existed. And so we go, that's how we live. Not to mention those that really go all over. Those are out of all text, of all thought and reflection.
Being nomadic allowed me to be closer to the unknown all the time, and like that I learned that one recognizes oneself much more in this way, and even discovers a new world of abilities and tastes that we thought we did not have. But above all things, we see the other in a different state to which we tend to see it. A state in movement, dynamic. We see it changing as we also change and we change to measures that we know and connect with others.
If you got here, I'm not asking you to be nomads like me, I'm just asking you to look around and try to really know everyone around you. Look at them without prejudice, without preconceptions. Do not think that such a person is like that, ask, problematize, talk, reflect, do not assume something. You will see that, as the closest and most known become unknown, the unknown will be deconstructed.
Can you encouraged yourself to leave your circle of comfort?
There are many ways to get out of our circle of comfort, not necessarily traveling away from where we are or live. Within our own city, our own life and routine, we also can.
For that, it is necessary to be willing to what I call “finding”. To be finding is to be in an internal movement that allows us to see that most of the time, many things are happening around us, while we believe that nothing is happening. And when I talk about this, do not think about paranormal things or weird events. I speak of something as simple as seeing the same people we see every day, but seeing them “being” and not as they “are”. Einstein said, that it is easier to disintegrate an atom than a prejudice. I bring this example, because when we see how the other person "is", it is just that preconception, prejudice or preconceived idea that we have and that we were building from that person. On the other hand, when we see the person "being", it means understanding the world and everything that is inside it as something dynamic, constantly changing and moving. Therefore, those same people that we think we know from every day, we maybe do not know them as much as we think, and vice versa.
This exercise of deconstruction of other people is not only a way to get out of the circle of comfort, it is even the best and most important. Why? Because like this we encourage ourselves to get away a little more from our physical circle, or to take an unconventional trip, or to join unknown activities, or even to discover new capabilities that we have, but did not realize. To get to all this, before anything, it necesarry to understand the world in which we are moving. Understand that nothing is static, that nothing is present pure and quiet as we believe. Everything is flowing, dancing, moving and being.
Wake up and look around and you will see how everything moves, even you. Every idea, every thought already happened by just thinking about it. Encourage the exercise of seeing your surroundings and your circle with other eyes, with the eyes of “finding”, and you will see not only how nothing seems boring, but also that the idea of the world seems too small.
First time in Uruguay. The first impression I have is the confirmation that we are really culturally siblings. I am taking a beautiful experience of this country with me, warm people, open and,
above all, transparent. As you know I am not a tourist and therefore I did not necessarily have to know the typical places of the country. The reason of this trip was to accompany my main life
and travel companion in recent years to update her visa. With Pau we decided to go to Montevideo by boat, we spent a few days there with Paula who hosted us and treated us wonderfully.
Unfortunately we could not see Uruguay going to the semifinals of the World Cup, but the experience of the game is the same.
We are now since four days in Fray Bentos. In this small town Del Rio Uruguay we were received by the great Joaquín, of whom one could already say that he is a great friend. Another experience of this giant community called Couchsurfing. Joaquín and Mauricio are making us live beautiful moments in these beautiful lands not so far away and they are generating us, little by little, the feeling that as soon as we leave here, despite having nomadic souls, we will miss them.
Today we discovered that the pastries are not as bad as they seem to be for the environment, although we know that we would prefer an utopian world without industries. Joaquín took us on a tour of the entire internal process of the plant and I must admit that it was a very interesting and unforgettable experience. It is incredible to imagine for just one second everything the human being got to. See trunks transform into cellulose and think about everything we use that comes from there, generates something big inside one.
Uruguay is giving us and a lot. We’d like to stay longer and get to know new cities. We will see how this nomadic soul continues ...
Being a nomad
To live being a nomad, you first thing you need is the decision to leave the circle of comfort to find new experiences in the famous "unknown". What is it that we do not know? It is nothing more than the same as we know, with the extra of the emotion that comes from discovering a lot like when we were children. But being nomadic is not just going out and traveling, it is being aware of what we are finding on the way and that allows us to reflect on our thoughts, ideas and previous structures. As we are finding, we will discover new tastes, abilities, passions and aptitudes, that, added to the different possibilities and opportunities that come our way, we will gradually trace our path.
To be nomadic is to be finding, and therefore it is to be free. It is living and stop living "the life". But perhaps the most important thing about being nomadic is not to feel the need of moving constantly, and that we do not regret the idea of wanting to return. Going and coming does not matter being nomadic.
Perhaps, as many postmodern writers and philosophers said, it is necessary at least once in life to leave our circle of comfort, and, stripped of everything, to live the very existence of things, and then, if we wish, return to the routine.
If you try, you will not be the same person.
While traveling, you are becoming child again
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"I have to put my whole world in your hands."
- Tengo que poner mi mundo entero en tus manos. -
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