...so just be
You can travel the world
But you can't run away
From the person you are in your heart
You can be who you want to be
Make us believe in you
Keep all your light in the dark
If you're searchin for truth
You must look in the mirror
And make sense of what you can see
They say learning to love yourself
Is the first step
That you take when you want to be real
Flying on planes to exotic locations
Won't teach you
I'm still lost
But I feel so much better
'cause now I know
It's not so far
To were I go
The hardest part
Is inside me
To just be
This song contains a lot of beliefs that I have in life.. starting from the fact that I sometimes believe...that TRAVELLING changes you as a person, but more reveals who you really are.. to the fact that we have to love ourselves before loving somebody else. Even though we say most of the times, after a long journey.. that with the time spend away we have changed. My guess was that we are just discovering who we really are.
Self discovery while being away is similar with packing your luggage when leaving for a trip. When you have to pack your things for a trip, you are being told, and you are aware that you have to take what is extremely important for the travel itself and staying away from your home:
- identity cards (without which you cannot pass the borders)
- clothes (that must keep you warm)
- money (that you use to buy souvenirs, food.. etc)
Right after you have exited your doorway, you say to yourself :"Have I taken all that I need?", and most of the times you did, or you didn't, this is not so important, the feeling is what really matters, whether you are anxious for the trip or for letting something behind.
But.. have you ever thought about packing in this way? :
identity cards(w/out wch you cannot pass the borders)
The "necessary things" are the elements that define YOU as an individual: values, principles, dreams, ambitions in life. When I went to Boracay last summer, I took a lot of "luggage" just to find out there that from all the things that I took, only few of them were really necessary for my life. The rest...? Were just impressions of myself, or things that I wished were extremely important to me.
What I did use in the end? Enthusiasm, Love, Friendship, the power of dreaming on a daily basis, the ability to take what was bad and accept it as a part of my life, and so making it more complex.
clothes.. you find out that they help you but you can live without them..
money .. you find out that they might give you a huge advantage, but if you do not spend it on something you love, it will not count.
These past weekend ... I was listening to some songs I 've already heard hundreds of times and read books I haven't touched in my book shelves for quite a while, but I was really projecting my life for the past 2O something years....
...years of finding the right career, right partner in life, years of identifying what i want to do, where to go , fighting away emotional hang up's and making my own path in life, transfering from one job to another .. all just for a reason: to find out who I am.
And I realized ( and I thank a good friend for sharing it with me) that the minute you start searching for yourself, is the minute when you start knowing yourself. The journey to self discovery starts with one single step, with a simple set of questions: "Who am I? What do I really like? What is important to me? What makes me go forward each day?".
"you can travel the world,
but you can run away from the person you are in your heart.
you can be who you want to be
makes us believe in you
keep all your light in the dark
BUT YOU CAN'T RUN AWAY FROM THE PERSON YOU ARE IN YOUR HEART.
The feeling that I need to JUST BE and the magic of life will always surround me. As it did the last time I travelled and enjoyed the trip and as it will, next week, next year.. and for the rest of my life.
As a close soul reminded me this year..
"we must dare to think unthinkable thoughts, because when things become unthinkable, thinking stops and actions become mindless"!