Benefits of long term travel No.3

Quilotoa Crater Lake, Ecuador

You ask a person, “what did you do yesterday?” they will give you a historical account of the sequence of events. They will say, “well, I woke up at about seven o’clock in the morning. I got up and made myself some coffee, and then I brushed my teeth and took a shower, got dressed, had some breakfast and went down to the office and did this and that,” and so on... But actually that is only the very skelton account of what you did. You lived a much richer life than that, except you did not notice it. You only paid attention to a very small part of the information received through your five senses. You forgot to say that when you got up first thing in the morning and made some coffee, that your eyes slid across the birds outside your window. And the light on the leaves of the tree. And that your nose played games with the scent of the boiling coffee. You didn’t even mention it because you were not aware of it. Because you were in a hurry. You were engaged on getting rid of that coffee as fast as possible so that you could get to your office to do something that you thought was terribly important...
— Alan Watts

When I first set out on my round the world trip, my first few months were just a series of highlight reels; looking for one great adventure after another. But they're simply highlights, they don't occur during my every waking moment. They were a lot of long pauses in between, small moments that went by, completely oblivious to me in the beginning. But it's these small details that help make the picture complete. Start noticing the small details and moments.