A Journey Toward Increasing Self Awareness and Gratitude

December 15, 2014 5:38 PM

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Four years ago, I went on my first and, so far, only trip to India. Despite the inexplicable low-grade anxiety I felt -- knowing I was about to embark on a long and unfamiliar journey, traveling to an exotic destination -- I reassured myself that it wouldn't be much different than, say, any other developing country I had been to... or lived in, for that matter. I was confident that I would fare relatively well in India, considering that I'd grown up in the Dominican Republic, which was a hotbed of poverty back then, and that I'd lived in China during the first half of the '90s, back when it wasn't the sparkly and prosperous China we hear about today. Aside from the possibility of getting violently ill -- which had the upside of potentially attaining my ideal target weight -- I reasoned that little more than an inconsequential anecdote or quip to share at parties would come of this trip.

My India journey was not meant to be an Eat, Pray, Love experience. However, if there were parallels to be drawn, with apologies to Elizabeth Gilbert, I would at the time have described my life as one big crap-fest, wherein I was the toilet of my existence. It was an existence I was all too happy to...

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