Welcome, September! The classic ‘back to school’ month (at least for countries in the Northern Hemisphere (in Australia their back to school month is in January)
I vividly remember relishing in those last few days of summer and then being suddenly interrupted by a horrifying back to school advertisement as a group of laughing teenagers walk slowly down a school hallway with their backpacks slung over their shoulders. I’d quickly plug my ears, rocking back and forth in a corner telling myself it’s not true, it’s not here yet.
Thankfully, I’ve been out of school for a while now and September no longer induces those feelings of dread.
In fact, for once in my life I’m actually really excited for September because I will go back to Canada for some well deserved (and necessary) family and friend time. I’m also looking forward to being back in familiar territory. Especially since the past two months were spent traveling in Indonesia and India, where I was far from creature comforts and constantly on high alert to prevent myself from getting ripped off, lost, sick, etc. This is particularly true in India, where a simple walk down the street requires a lot of mental preparation. This country causes my senses to go on overdrive in a scrambling attempt to take it all in. It isn’t exactly the kind of place that offers a normal ‘walk in the park’ kind of holiday, instead, it’s more like walking around a new planet. It confronts you with drastically different ways of life, causing you to question your own culture. If traveling is like a drug, then India is like a shot of heroin.
Having just come from an incredible week in Rishikesh, I have gathered some quotes I saw painted on buildings, overheard in conversation or took note of as I flipped through books in little bookshops.
I hope they inspire you just as much as they inspire me.
“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.”
“Do whatever it takes to increase your sensitivity to the little things in life you wouldn’t otherwise notice, much less savor, if your autopilot setting is hurry. Power down frequently enough to enjoy the effects of intentional living.”
– Tsh Oxenreider
“Time can be slowed if you live deliberately. If you stop and watch sunsets. If you spend time sitting on porches listening to the woods. If you give in to the reality of the seasons.”
– Thomas Christopher
“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”
– W.B. Yeats