In all my travels, whether naturally or compulsively, I emerge as a different person. And that has made me realise that seeking is a continuous process, through all aspects of life.
But then there are those moments when I have felt that I could no longer go on. When answers come hard and even worse, truth is not beautiful.
No wonder, the mountains have become a steady solace and a necessary escape. When I feel I can no longer go on, I look outside.
Outdoors have therapeutic abilities. The shaded blues of the skies, the distracting whites of the snow-capped peaks, the rich green of the flora and the humbling brown of the earth—have all worked their magic on me time and again. My paradise constitutes of all these colours.
And so while travelling, I try and pick my accommodation accordingly; one which enables me to re-energise and maintain an optimistic demeanour. As most of you know, outdoor swimming pools are one of my favourite features anywhere in the world.
While travelling in Singapore, I was amazed by the availability of public pools there. Every neighbourhood has a swimming complex which houses a variety of pools like the wading pool, teaching pool and the competition pool. These are well-equipped with changing rooms and lockers. Some complexes like Jurong West Swimming Complex even have slides! I was a regular visitor at the Delta Swimming Complex during my stay in the country. And all I paid was S$1 for a full day of swim on any of the weekdays!
Let me be honest—swimming isn’t soul-searching for me. But it does work like therapy after the strenuous laps I take around the pool.
However, looking out (from the window or from my convoluted ideologies) nourish my thought-process. On a dull morning in Coorg, I felt apprehensively about stepping out (yes, I have those moments in my solo sojourns) and wanted to waste an entire day indoors. I stared at the grey clouds over the lush green garden in front of me and thought to myself, ‘The weather always looks bad from the window.’ Dashing out in the next few minutes, I enjoyed a beautiful Monsoon walk to the hilltop. That is what a good outdoor garden can do.
As I once scribbled in my journal, ‘Open your arms and mind to nature, and you will find what you seek.’
How often do you look for therapy amidst nature?
Note: This post has been done in collaboration with Homify.