© 2009 Marica

037 – Being a tourist at home

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
— Marcel Proust

My lunch break was fast coming to an end. I had been busy exploring and taking photos. My camera was still hanging around my neck as I headed back to the office.

As I was about to enter the building where I work another staff member walked up beside me. He offered to hold open the door for me. He looked at my camera and said, “Pretending to be a tourist are we?”

I looked at him and replied, “Of course. I’m one every day. You don’t have to leave home to be a tourist.” After a second or two had passed I added. “You should try it.”

He looked at me as though I was nuts and didn’t say anything else as we travelled up in the lift to our respective floors.

Why is it that we always think the grass is greener somewhere else? People tend to ignore what is right in front of them and think that somewhere else is more interesting and exciting than the place where they live.

In reality we tend to know less about our hometowns than we think we do. All of us need to cultivate our “tourist” lens. We can’t all physically travel to new and exciting destinations. While we are waiting for the opportunity to be able to do this we could try visiting, as if for the first time, what we think is the familiar.

To be a tourist you need to learn to become aware. Every day take notice of what is going on around you. Develop your “tourist” eyes by really seeing and feeling your environment. Don’t say it’s all the same because I can guarantee you it won’t be.

14. Every day the ordinary can be the extraordinary.
17. Every day look through a new lens.
26. Every day take action. Every small step counts.

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