What is your best trip up to now, what’s your hottest adventure? Such questions are very frequent to me as one who’s always on the path to the entire world. In all honesty, I’d had a response right now. But I realized that we shouldn’t ask ourselves these questions.
Why? Since we’ve got something broken with each answer. With those questions, we begin to compare experiences with each other. Experiences that we shouldn’t compare with each other and really cannot compare with each other.
Why we shouldn’t compare everything with each other when travelling (and also in life)?
We Like To Compare Everything
We, people, tend to compare everything with every other; cameras, schools, books, cities, states, individuals and even love. I am always caught believing”it’s almost as amazing as in Cape Town” or”The car is much cooler than another” or “He is much nicer than yesterday’s guy”.
We do this to split the planet, to bring order into chaos. We have learned to view and compare the entire world in comparisons. Sometimes this also makes sense, especially when it has to do with objects and their performance, or if they are actually measurable values such as the height of 2 hills or the cost average of a country.
Of course, the features and measurements of a backpack can be quantified and compared with that of others. However, in the end, it does not count if the characters would be the lightest and most practical on the market. In the long run, it seems whether he matches you, whether he is comfortable to wear for you if you find him comfortable. In the event of several items, the private experience can be finally cumulative and difficult to compare.
What about the countries? For each of us perceives colours differently: for some, they are more intense compared to the other, for the one it is a turquoise blue, for another a light blue. Again, it is a matter of subjective perception.
Every Experience Is Distinct
Every journey, every experience is an experience, and adventures always have something to do with feelings. Everyone feels different, believes differently and perceives the world around him otherwise. For me, it’s what makes the Earth, what makes us human: our differences.
Like we humans, every country is different. Countries, therefore, cannot be compared, except for, of course, in their own amounts such as the area, the length of the shore or the inhabitants. However, the culture of a country can’t be compared with that of the other nation, and also the less could be compared with the way we perceive it.
When travelling, we experience a lot of new items, frequently have to cross our boundaries and also get to know each other better. Each travel is thus also a tiny self-discovery excursion, which brings us nearer to ourselves. Sometimes this can be an excellent experience, but occasionally it is associated with many fears and unpleasant insights.
What is happening through a journey inside, you’re a whole new process every time? Because with each journey you change yourself and consequently also alters your perception; your perception of what you encounter, and of yourself.
Everyone Is Different
If you were to ask your buddy who travelled with you the way he felt concerning the trip, your buddy would definitely tell you something very different. For that reason, it makes even less sense to compare your personal experiences with those of others.
Just as you can compare your personal experiences with one another, you cannot compare your experiences with those of others. Or better: you shouldn’t compare your own experiences.
The Harms Of Comparing
Because the harmful thing about contrasting is that they make more harm than assisting them. By beginning to compare, we automatically start to assess our experiences. Unexpectedly, the road trip through Canada was much more beautiful than that of Western USA. Does that mean that the time in West USA was bad? Actually not, but through such statements, we create them badly afterwards.
That’s the issue: we create encounters worse, they demote formally. We forget what we have experienced. Forget how great a trip was, just how good the country really happy us, and that which we have experienced genius.
It Must Always Be Better, Nicer
Our ceaseless comparison leads us to comparison every nation, every precious and unique experience of another. Thus, each excursion is always in competition with an already experienced and at precisely the same time with everyone who is still awaiting us later on.
We need more: It must be even more beautiful, even better. The following increase will bring us even more to our limitations; another beach will be even more beautiful, the next view even more breathtaking. But at some point comes the stage, where it does not go any further. Where there’s no even more amazing shore, where we have no more views and no more hike.
Because at some point there is not any growth, we have attained the superlative — and then? Imagine if we’ve already seen the most beautiful experience currently seen the most beautiful beach? What really impresses us? What and notably how can we experience our journeys?
We Do Not Live At The Present Time, But Instead Reminiscing
The solution is straightforward and at precisely the exact same time frightening: we can’t really enjoy our experience. We no longer live in the here and now, but enjoy memories. We constantly compare our experiences with those we’ve already done. We no longer take things as true as they really are.
The constant comparison makes us unwanted. We don’t really travel, we cease experiencing, stop living. We are no longer actually pleased and look in vain for our joy. It’s right in front of us at each moment, every moment we reside.
Compare Less, Live More
For me, one thing is certain: I do not want to compare, I wish to call home. I’d like to experience moments, journeys, states, adventures and all of my experiences in life as they are rather than comparing them with other adventures.
To compare nations and travelling is unfair, just because it is unfair to compare individuals with one another. For all these are experiences, personal experiences, that we experience and perceive as they are: emotions, feelings, frustration and happiness. And these emotions also feel different for each one of us and can’t be compared.
From now on, I wouldn’t prefer to answer these questions. For me, there’s no more beautiful nation, no fantastic experience, since I do not want to compare some more. I want to experience, I wish to live. And from now on I will take every nation, every encounter as it is.
If someone has an answer, then my favourite place on the planet and my crassest adventure is life.