Traveling India: Reflections and Eventual Challenges

Traveling India: Reflections and Eventual Challenges

Traveling India: Reflections and Eventual Challenges

I can’t get the thought of traveling India out of my mind – but can you blame me? My journey begins in a month and 5 days! I’m beginning to feel really nervous and excited now. As the days pass, that feeling is only going to get worse. But the good news is, I’m feeling an overwhelming sense of joy too. My to-do list is growing by the day, and it can be very overwhelming. I just have to keep reminding myself not to stress over the little things. This is the easiest part! Hahaha. 🙂
The more I think about this adventure, the more I know in my heart that this is only the beginning of my journey.
Nothing has ever felt as right as this does. One of my friends asked me what I intended to do, when my visa expired. “You will have to wait two months to come back.” At first, I thought to myself, two months isn’t so bad. I could come home and come back, after my journey, I will know what to expect. The process will be a little easier, the second time around. And then I thought to myself… What if I wasn’t ready to leave? What if I do really well there, and I’m not ready to go? Of course, it’s inevitable. I’ll have to leave India… But who is to say I can’t stay close, and wait it out? Go visit Nepal? China? I’ve always wanted to go to China. I think about all the travel bloggers I’ve been reading about lately, and how they have all done similar things. I guess it all just depends on how successful I am, financially. 😉
But I’m getting ahead of myself. (I promise, I’ve learned to only think this far ahead in positive situations. Hahaha.)

You know, after reading many of these intercultural relationship blogs, I’ve developed a certain longing for love. Someone who loves me eternally. He is water and I am fire. He is day and I am night. Together we are Yin and Yang. Interconnected opposites. Balance.
Okay, I’m getting a bit mushy. If I keep this up, I’ll turn into a Disney princess. 😀

Night and Day. Yin and Yang.

Night and Day. Yin and Yang.

In other news, I’ve been getting back into the habit of doing yoga. My mom bought a new yoga mat for me, the other day, and I just had the opportunity to try it out today. Getting back into it, I realized… Maybe I shouldn’t have ever stopped doing yoga. XD It’s easy to tell how stiff and not flexible I am currently. Well it is part of this years to-do list, thank goodness. 🙂

This little girl saw her aunt doing yoga and wanted to do yoga too. <3

 

Lilo beginning with Namaste.

Now, it’s time to talk about eventual challenges when traveling India. Aside from the constant negative light casted over women traveling India, there are other challenges I know I’m going to have to face in my future. (As I explained in a comment, there will always be concerns for safety wherever you go, I’ll constantly expect to be cautious. Even in my home country. That’s the way it is, guys.)
I read a lot of blogs. One thing I can expect, for sure, is that not everyone is going to agree with what I have to say. Some people may get offended with what I say and do. Then there are those who spring up and hate everything about you and what you are doing, for no reason. I can expect these responses as much as I expect good responses. People have perspective. There is nothing wrong with that.
In the past, it would have bothered me a little bit, if someone misunderstood my good intentions or I had to face the haters and internet trolls. It may be a bit of a challenge in the future, but I must say, I am pretty resilient. 😀
I thought about this today, when I discussed the possibility of writing an article, on my thoughts about the woman from Mumbai who got a sex offender arrested. When I told my friend my idea, he was offended. “Why would you write about that? That has nothing to do with you or your journey.” He seemed really defensive, suddenly. That’s when I knew I was entering very sensitive and controversial waters.
I know it has nothing to do with me, but I daresay, I can have an opinion about it.
At some point or another, someone will be offended. That’s one of many challenges.
If I have any more thoughts on the matter, I’ll surely express them.

At the end of the day, regardless of my thoughts on specific topics regarding India or even America for that matter, I am still an optimist. 😉 You came here for a reason. I’ll warn you all, now. I am thoughtful, fun and a bit odd. Expect mixed results. 😀

Goodnight America. Have a great day, India!

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