A double door entrance with security guards at the door with fierce-some physique, and as you enter there are numerous security cameras. The moment one walks in, one feels like they are being constantly watched. Someone greets you at the entrance and welcomes you in. Stares and looks everywhere to ensure that you are being watched. 2 Floors filled with staff and their watchful eyes conducting an indirect search of your very being. This was just an electronic store!… Continue reading
The Power of Choice: A perspective of True Freedom.
We often a ridiculed by choice and measly on-goings in our lives, however, we forget that we all have more of a choice than we think. The video below sums up a perspective of how we can manage and control our thoughts. Perhaps waking up everyday, looking in the mirror and saying that you love yourself is not an action for a lunatic.
“Your Life, Your Perspective”
It is easy to capture and process what our five senses conjure or perceive in our brains. This is not the usual cliche; ‘look at the glass half full’. Instead this is about perceiving a realm that is yours to own and yours to distribute to those around you (indirectly). Our conscious mind is often overridden by our sub-concious and we let it take the driving wheel. But what if we change all that. What if we change our perspective. We already know that our world is perceived right side up because our eyes flips it. Does that mean that everything is upside down or we got gravity wrong?
Whatever the case, the right questions are important.
What are the right questions?
This, of course, is subjective. everyone has their varying opinion, however, that is the beauty of it. We are free to perceive whatever it is that we see fit. Let us look at a laptop for example; is it a computer or a gateway? Is it a device or is it an outlet for connectivity? The choice is yours to choose and that is the power of freedom. We have often seen this concept used. For example, look at boutique coffee shops that use old ‘throw aways’ as furniture to give a unique feel. Old pipes can be used as table stands. Old wine barrels can be used as ‘areas’ for standing consumption in busy metropolitan areas. It is good that we get to decide! If only we can put patents on our thoughts. Honestly, I hope that day will never come…
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life: and the procedure, the process is its own reward.” – Amelia Earhart
It was only two and a half years ago I made the decision that I wanted to travel to Nepal and Tibet. Here I am now, almost three years later, in the process of achieving that goal. The universe has conspired to my thoughts and made it possible. Whatever way that it has happen is regardless to the fact that it is happening. Little did I know that I would be traveling to South Africa and South America. Often people ask me why I had chosen those countries, what makes it so different? My question is, why do I need a reason? I did not have the chance to explore more of Africa, however, time is all I have in this world and it will happen in the future.
These decisions define who we are as a person. However, many of us continue our journey in a mystical dream in a series of decisions that we do not act upon. Acting on a decision is one of the most powerful gifts of free-will given to us. It is just a matter of when. It is not an easy decision to travel, especially for such a period of time. Often people I meet question what I could possibly gain from traveling. Often saying that it is a waste of time. These are just words that make me stronger and build my resolve. Certainty is the key to success. However, one must question the certainty that befalls them in the first place.
Throughout all this, I have my family and friends to thank for the support that they have provided me. Ensuring that I go with an open mind and an open heart. It is one thing to travel, but its another to be prepared to travel. Having the love, care and support of my family and friends have helped my experiences be more wholesome and meaningful. This leads to another random decision that I have made…
If you are reading this, I would have already embarked to the Antarctica. No, not a full blown expedition, but an eleven day tour on a vessel. The details are here. Please do not be shocked by the prices because I managed to get the cheapest deal and a 40% discount on top of that! In any case, decisions define who we are, this is definitely one of those. Why go to antarctica? What is there to see? What is there to learn? So many questions, of which, the answers matter not. Instead, my perspective is that I would be spending Christmas and New Years on a Vessel embarked toward the South Pole (If the poles have not changed that is). There will be 105 other passengers on this voyage to venture to the Antarctica (Excluding the crew). People from all over the world, all walks of life. People ranging from their 30s to 80s. A haven for me to learn and from others. To share experiences with one another. To understand their sense of adventure and reasons for traveling to the ‘end of the world’. For eleven days I will forced to be on a vessel with 105 other people with similar motivations as myself. Do I need more explaining? Why would I not do whatever I can to be where I want? I have a million reasons, but none to cripple me.
Post apartheid South Africa has yet to be truly discovered. It is wonderful to meet South Africans in South America whilst I travel and speak to them about their country and her history. Often the discussion revolves around the racial tension between the whites and blacks. However, little does the world know about the tensions within the blacks as well as within the whites. It never ceases to amaze me. The level of racial tension is implicit, yet the society continues to function. For instance, when a foreigner wishes to travel into a township, he/she would be recommended to exit the car loudly and obnoxiously to indicate that he/she is not a local. However, the situation would differ for a white South African going into a township. Simply put, it would not be recommended.
During my stay in Cape Town, I had the opportunity to attend a film screening initiated by a campaign; Unite as One. It seeks to explore cultural diversity and identity. Particularly focussing on the major issue of xenophobia. A fellow friend invited me to attend this screening in the suburb of Observatory, in a small cosy restaurant/pub. If time permits and you have a keen interest, please take the time to watch the videos below. They are created and directed by heart felt professionals in the film industry and the people in the videos are true accounts of what is really happening.
The Untold Story. An account of a girl who is a xenophobic target.
The Great Move.
The Girl Next Door. This is my favorite video, which captures the emotional trauma that children go through.
Gone are the days where I can leave my belongings on the table as I buy coffee in a cafe. Gone are the days that I can walk without judging others. Gone are the days where I am not concerned with people with their hands in their pockets. Gone are the days of personal and physical safety. Coming from relatively safe places, Australia and Singapore, the traumatic emotion is heightened when an event occurs to one that does not happen to one previously. In the past 2 weeks, I have had 3 near muggings… Continue reading