Throughout my life I have lived in various places.
To me, they were home.
To outsiders, they were tourist destinations.
The more I stayed at that particular place, the more used to it I got, which meant I noticed less and less of its charm.
Just recently, I was talking with a friend about the place I currently live in. To them, this city/ region is nothing special, because they have lived here most of their lives. To me, it is still fairly new. We both acknowledged that for people living in other parts of the country/ world, the place we call home is wonderland.
I keep being asked if the fascination wore off for me yet. It has not. Maybe I have not been here for long enough. Or maybe it is because I fall in love slowly, but for forever. I still hold dear the places I used to live in before.
At the same time, I realize that somewhere between the daily routine and various trials and tribulations, we stop looking around in amazement, and we focus on what is right in front of our noses. It is my intention to not let that happen. Like a child who gets a new, shiny toy, only to grow tired of it in a week, we move onto another obsession. I hope that when the shine wears off, I will have the presence of mind to remind myself of why I wanted that toy.
Take a walk around your neighborhood/ town when you get the chance. Notice the good things for a change. Try and see what people from out of town would find fascinating. See the world through a kid’s eyes. Treat it like it is something you have not experienced before. When we do that, we often discover things we have overlooked in the past.
This, of course does not have to pertain to the geographical place we live in, but also our home, our family, our workplace, etc.
Do you appreciate what you have?
If I was to visit you in your city/ town, what would you show off to me?
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