One of my friends advocates taking cold showers for a month.
Another decided to wear only 7 items of clothing for 7 days.
And one is determined to visit every country in the world before his 35th birthday. (Yes, even the scary ones.)
What’s behind all of this craziness?
They’ve all realized that a life of constant comfort is numbing.
A little pain reminds you that you’re alive. A few days of discomfort leads to renewed gratitude.
For me, it was the shower curtain.
When we finally checked in to the Badladz Beach Resort in Puerto Galera after nearly a week of transit (and dodging typhoons), I was most delighted to see a shower curtain in the bathroom.
The lounge in Singapore didn’t have one. Neither did our hotels in Manila or Batangas.
But aside from saving me a few minutes of mopping up after myself, it really didn’t change anything.
So why did it matter?
I think it was a symbol of the basic conveniences that I took for granted everyday.
And after being without them for a week, I recognized them again.
I didn’t overlook or expect them anymore.
In just a few days, my “normal” has been recalibrated.
- In an unfamiliar environment, I’m forced to stay focused on the present.
- Put in difficult situations, I’m trusting the inherent goodness of people.
- Stripped of plentiful comforts, I’m grateful for small pleasures.
- Without constant connection, I’m learning how refreshing it is to unplug.
- Carrying only a backpack, I’ve realized how simple life can be.
And long after this adventure is over, the lessons are still mine to keep.
Have you learned any powerful life lessons lately? How?