A Guide to Living Life Fully

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Aug 15, 2012

“Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled.” Mohammed

I am sitting in Paris, France as I write this. I just finished meandering through the halls of the Louvre for several hours. It is immense and impressive in every facet from architecture to art. Housed within those walls are centuries of precious artifacts from the Mona Lisa to the Ramses II. Droves of people from all cultures, of all ages, and all walks-of-life, explore the Louvre’s vast reaches on a daily basis. I was ecstatic to have the opportunity to follow their lead.

However, after acquainting myself with an unfamiliar scene, like the Louvre, I like to step just outside the reach of those around me and survey the tireless bustle or casual slug of the world around me. If I really open myself up, watching and listening intensely to the vast undulations and slight discrepancies taking place around me, I feel as though I am reading the words of the world. I learn about people, language, culture, relationships, history, and an infinite other subjects.

Again, this action is most beneficial if done in foreign settings; therefore, one must travel to alien landscapes. When you do travel, use my method, but do so sparingly. Life isn’t as vibrant from the outskirts; get in there! Who cares if you don’t know what you are doing? Do it anyway. You will begin to see things differently and live life in accordance with your new vantage. Revel in that and then do it all over again in some other strange venue.

On my way out of the Louvre, I saw a father and his two children joking back and forth in a language I wasn’t even remotely familiar with. As he stepped into the line to buy a ticket (his children get in free), I walked up and handed him the day pass I had purchased a few hours prior. I said I was leaving and it was his—he thanked me in English and I will never see him again. Tonight, I am going out in Paris with some friends of a friend whom I have never met. I am unsure what the experience will offer me but I am sure it will offer me more than the alternative.

May you live all the days of your life.

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