Discovery – a revelation, finding out something previously unknown or unrecognized. However we characterize it, if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that life is discovery. Marcel Proust puts it this way:

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes
but in having new eyes.”

When people describe the stillness of parasailing, the thrill of skydiving, or the sense of abandon they feel at Mardi Gras, we can imagine their experiences. But, until we actually do it ourselves, it’s concept. When you move from the sidelines to the court of life, you are likely to discover things about yourself that you might have only thought possible.  Visiting a place for the first time–whether it’s on the other side of the world or underwater or in your hometown–is bound to change how you view the world and, as Ibn Battuta, 1340 stated:

“Traveling — it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a story teller.”

No question, travel presents the opportunity to broaden our horizons. Yet let’s remember that “new world” experiences can also be found in our daily lives.

With this perspective, life can be a perpetual wonder and we can have an appreciation of ordinary as well as extraordinary happenings.  All it takes is being open and seeing your environment with the curious eyes of a child. 

What experiences, activities or locations, at home or abroad, have expanded your view in some way?