We’re noticing strange things since being back in London. The fact that it’s fricking freezing, everyone’s miserable and Rob’s already got a cold are givens, of course. But here’s what else…
- The tap water’s drinkable.
- You really shouldn’t try crossing a main road under the assumption cars will slow down. They’ll just honk and make finger signs.
- You flick the switch downwards to turn on a light.
- There aren’t any fanny-washing implements in public toilets.
- If you go to a food market and smile and point at the food you want, it’s considered rude.
- They really aren’t that imaginative or resourceful with their food packaging around here.
- It’s nice to go into Boots and know that the products aren’t trying to whiten your skin.
You might argue that these sorts of mundane, useless thoughts are using up too much valuable headspace – especially for Mish, as about 50% of her brain capacity is already filled with fretting over whether Sean’s really “following his heart” on The Bachelor. (We’ve just watched the one where he doesn’t give Des a rose. Can anyone believe it??)
But back to the main point… we’d disagree if you were to argue that. Because we hung out with Buddhist monks in Thailand, and they focus on the “now” (rather than concerns about the future or regrets about the past), and they’ve totally and utterly nailed life.
By focusing on the present, they’re actually freeing their brains of all those stupid worries we have. What’s the point in stressing about the feedback you’ll get from a client on their “about” page? You can’t influence it or anticipate what they’ll think, so just wait until you get it. And why spend the whole flight worrying that your luggage won’t be on the carousel at the other end? Just take some precautions (like packing a few clothes in your hand luggage) and get the hell on with appreciating life.
Travel has been great for us in this respect: there are so many things to notice with each new destination that it’s impossible not to focus more on the “now”. Also, there are so many black swanny things associated with constant travel, it’d just be impossible to try worrying about all of them.
And have we noticed any benefits – aside from appreciating the wonderfulness of tap water? Most definitely. We feel clearer-brained, which means work is more productive, headaches are less frequent, and daily life of going with the flow is massively easier.
But you know us: we’ll never stop panicking about the wifi situation of the apartment we’re about to live in, and we doubt we’ll be able to stop thinking about bad decisions we’ve made in the past. Hell, we’d have no blog post content if we did that.
The point is we’re better than we were. Which means a bit of breathing room in our befuddled, crowded and surely-smaller-than-other-people’s brains – as well as more time to focus on (yes, we’re bringing this up for the 17th time this month) just how amazing it is to watch a Thai person package up your takeaway.