No way to have it all that's for sure. I am European and have not seen the Northern lights And the reason is when I started have means to travel there were different things I preferred to see first. Now, each time I am back to Europe is like a family and friends visit and I value spending my time with them more than seeing Northern lights.Wd40 wrote: ↑Sat, 19 Jun 2021 1:18 pmThanks. My view is, it is all relative to our own expectations of what we want from life. There will always be something out there that we can experience, but we haven't experienced. For example, you can go to Peru to see Machu picchu. Or Africa to see the wild life safari. In the end we will not be able to do everything. We will miss out on something or the other. There is stuff we know that worth enjoying and then there is stuff we dont even know that it is worth enjoying. If I never set foot in an aeroplane, I would think I have missed something big. But I have been to business class also and now to it is like what is the big deal. In the end it is all in our mind. You see the Buddhist monks look so happy, because they completely are at peace and beleive spending their time in meditation is the most worthwhile thing to do.
I will give you the best example, there are some Indian colleagues in our team and couple of them have already gone to Iceland to see the northern lights and there are some Europeans in our team and being from Europe, they havent gone and seen the Northern lights. You would imagine, if Northerns lights such a once in a lifetime must see experience, mostly people from Spain, Italy etc are more likely to go and see it than some Indians working in Singapore?
We went for a trip to Krabi in Sept 2019, probably going to be our last budget trip for a long time, lol. During the trip, the best highlight was the elephant ride. My daughter was absolutely awestruck and ever since then is crazy about elephants, she reads about them, she watches discovery channels and everything related to elephants. She is like really into it and now she says her ambition is to become a zoo keeper(she is only 10 years old).
So I dont know what to make of this. If we didnt do the elephant ride in Krabi, maybe she would have never developed that interest. But now we know she likes it. We will try to make a trip to Kerala elephant santuary and also if possible a trip to Africa and my daughter, as of this moment, would be delighted beyond imagination.
But again, I don't think it is important to see everything, even to see as much as possible, but it is important not to miss like the whole class of experience. As long as one keeps exploring, new interesting things may happen. Like your Krabi elephants. If one is not open to this kind of exploration, even with heaps of money, may not be able to compensate it later. I think.
It is actually all damn complicated. If you experience something good, you are going to miss it one day. They say ignorance is bliss, perhaps also for that reason? Sometimes I am not sure myself if I was just a very simple guy with my top ambition being a new TV set, armchair and a few cans of ABC stout each day, if I were not more happy So yeah, the monks, there is surely something about them. It's like to be open and not being ignorant but not to be vulnerable from what this higher level of (self)consciousness brings to one.