When was the last time you did something for the first time?
I came to discover that openness to the world has great contrast on how you see things in general. Spending a lot of time on your own can be one of two things – self-fulfilling or incredibly isolating.
Ruínas De São Paolo, Macao
December of 2014, I went on my first solo trip to Hong Kong crossing over to Macau. The sense of risk and heightened reward draws me to traveling alone. I was not scared at all. In fact, I was too thrilled and excited. If you ask me how am I able to consume this? Mark Twain. Or maybe because it was not my first time to organise a trip. The only difference was I am flying without any companion this time but I’m putting too much courage, confidence, independence and desire in self fulfillment in my baggage.
Airport Express Train Hong Kong
I encourage you to persuade yourself to going somewhere you’ve never been to. Try putting down the map and get wonderfully lost. Visit a restaurant, walk along the streets and smell the flavors and spices of the world, get into those hole-in-the-walls and taste something you never imagined and thought of slipping through your palate. Fancy, middling, plain or humble. Go eat like the locals. You may not know when and why you are going and how to begin. You may find an answer when you come back and realise that you have just added colors into your life and made a first time worth remembering like I did.
Following the next pages of my posts, I will detail my first solo trip – one of my most memorable and liberating expeditions. When my world started to sprout, I was able to do what I fear most. I never worried of losing anything but I have gained too much of everything. I am aware that I’m not the first person who may have experienced the same but it’s truly amazing when we hear tales about embracing what life has to offer. Who knows? Soon we may be on same pinned location or checked-in to the same restaurant or boarding together on same flight. It would be fun!
It was the moment when I’m moved by Mark Twain’s “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”
Then it all started with a restless roaming spirit, to take every chance and drop every fear. So with my itchy feet, on a fridgin’ weather, I decided to take an off-the-cuff walk. I found myself exchanging smiles with someone (random) I come across the busy street of Nathan Road in Hong Kong. I had no intention and direction but to walk and perhaps gone missing but ended with bliss and fulfilment.
From Yau Ma Tei to taking the weight off my feet at the Avenue of the Stars, I had a solitary moment to stuff my eyes with wonders. I was at a situation in which almost no one or nothing is so familiar. I thought it was a moment where I gained too much courage and just be a solitary wanderer on a brighter side. I could’ve hugged myself if I can.
Photo taken at Victoria Harbour (Avenue of the Stars)
I am about to unfold my journey to going somewhere, seeing everywhere and losing myself in the unknown venture. I came to realise little things may change your frame of mind or the way you see things in life. My time came to an objective of choosing memories and experiences over things. Reward yourself to something that will never fade away. Sometimes, the best part of a fulfilment is when you know you worked hard for it. You will feel it when your luggage gets light and weightless because you carried abundant courage, dream, love and passion of what you do and hope of making a remarkable and inspiring tale.
I’d like to know too, have you ever waved Hi to a stranger? Have you ever stood to an unfamiliar place and ended winning a friend after a quick chat? Have you ever thanked someone because she did a great job for cooking the kind of food you hungered for? Have you ever been lost and desperate but unexpectedly came bizarre because as you look around, all you can see are wonders of the eye and felt everything remarkably pleasing.
Halley, one of the cutest I met when I visited Disneyland HK.
Join me in investing to life experiences. Having to meet strangers turning to friends. It enlivens you when you share and inspire with your great stories. I know it all comes down to all-i-want-is-adventure but let’s see and taste the world. We live in a world that’s full of colors. Let’s sprinkle some spices and indulge into the delicious flavors of life. These are simple things that money can’t buy that makes you richer. -iamsolivagant