旅行的意義|The Meaning of Travel|旅行の意味

跳蚤市買的,期待我俩再次下午茶的時光|From flea markets for our future afternoon tea|フリマケットで買ったもの、また合うの時を楽しみに

跳蚤市買的,期待我俩再次下午茶的時光|From flea markets for our future afternoon tea|フリマケットで買ったもの、また合うの時を楽しみに

 

獨個兒去了南美旅行的朋友音信杳無超過一個星期,大家憂心沖沖,正想着這種時候是否要聯絡當地領事館時,當事人又無事般的出現了。原來她過去八天去了爬山,出發前得了病沒來得及預先通知大家,讓大家虛驚了一場。解釋一番後,她說:「真高興大家這般擔心我!」

莫非這便是旅行的意義嗎,我想。我們倆,同是耐不了日復日的生活,渴望追求更豐盛的生命,不約而同的辭掉了工作,她往南我往東,各自展開了人生中重要的長途旅程。孤獨於我們並不可怕,旅途中有書本相伴,湖光山色間我們再次學懂跟自己相處。人生下來本來就孑然一身,只有自己永遠在自己身邊。因為這麼相信,我們才能放下身邊一切,輕鬆上路吧。

這次小風波過後,我忽然明白我們其實有多幸福。這幸福不在於我們踏上很多人夢寐以求的旅程,而是我們離開了,還有在家那邊想念我們的人。無論走到多遠,快活得都忘了家了,家永遠都在同一地方等着你。因為有家可回,才可以這麼無後顧之憂的旅行去吧。再浪子不回頭,這之後我們都會記得家裡有人想着自己,不能讓他們太擔心了。

一年之後我們各自的一個人旅行完結,再會的時候,會變得更好、更成熟吧。

對於最近又有人問我這趟旅程對我的事業有甚麼幫助,我決定以不回答作為最好的回答。旅行的意義可以很多,但把旅行跟事業掛勾的人,大概不太明白甚麼叫旅行。

 

For over a week there had been no news from my friend who headed to Latin America all alone. While everybody was getting anxious, and wondering if the embassy should be contacted, the person in question reappeared as if nothing had ever happened. Apparently she went mountain trekking the previous eight days, and the day before the journey she took sick and omitted to notice the others at home. After the explanation, she said, “I am so glad that so many of you have been thinking about me!"

And is this the meaning of travel? I thought. Tired of our mundane lives and aspiring to a fuller life, we both left our jobs, since then she headed south and I east, beginning our own grand tours. We fear not solitude, books are our friends on our journeys, and we learn to be with ourselves traversing the vast lands. We are all born solitary, and only one’s self can be with one forever. We believe in this, and it makes it easy for us to give up everything and go lightheartedly.

After this small incident, I realise in fact how lucky we are. Not in the sense that we have embarked upon journeys that most people can only dream of, but that after we leave there are still people at home who think about us. However far we go, so happy that we almost forget about home, home is always there waiting for us. We can go with such ease of mind, because there is always a home to return to. However a traveller, from now on we should remember that there are people back at home thinking about us, and we should at least spare them from worrying.

One year later when our journeys end and we meet again, we shall become better, and more mature persons.

Regarding a recent question put to me as to what good does my vacation do to my career development, I have decided that no answer being the best answer. There can be millions of meanings of travel, but those who associate vacation with career probably have no idea what a vacation is.

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