Nobody can go back

Fear – Khalil Gibran

It is said that before entering the sea
a river trembles with fear.

She looks back at the path she has traveled,
from the peaks of the mountains,
the long winding road crossing forests and villages.

And in front of her,
she sees an ocean so vast,
that to enter
there seems nothing more than to disappear forever.

But there is no other way.
The river can not go back.

Nobody can go back.
To go back is impossible in existence.

The river needs to take the risk
of entering the ocean
because only then will fear disappear,
because that’s where the river will know
it’s not about disappearing into the ocean,
but of becoming the ocean.

The bonds that tie travelers and sojourners together

The magic of travel is that you meet people on the road that you would never meet if you stayed home.

They orbit your life because even though you are from different backgrounds or mix with different people, your life choices bring you together.

The choice to live in a foreign country, the guts to leave what you know and start new, the joy of shared experiences, and the fortitude to keep going when it get lonely and tough. These are the bonds that tie travelers and sojourners together.

That’s why expats bond and form life long friendships in foreign places.

Undecided is unacceptable

The writer David Sedaris, summed up the psychology of an undecided voter in this day and age pretty well – A flight attendant comes through the cabin offering passengers a choice of two meals: chicken, or a ”platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it.”
“To be undecided in this election,” he wrote, “is to pause for a moment and then ask how the chicken is cooked.”

The benefits of cold water swimming

Researchers from Cambridge University have discovered a “cold-shock” protein in the blood of regular winter swimmers at London’s Parliament Hill Lido. The protein has been shown to slow the onset of dementia.

Exercise is like a daily spring cleaning for your brain. Maybe the presence of the protein is because of a combination of factors like exercise, cold water and a sense community for these daily swimmers.