15 March 2009

Loss or Gain?

Today I lost 250 pesos - which is about US$70. I had taken a bulk of money out of an automatic teller earlier in the day and after paying for something I put the change in my pocket. My pockets are usually over-loaded with scribbling paper, pens, wallet, mobile phone, maps, list of things to do - hence why I usually have about 6 pockets on my trousers or shorts - and I believe the change must have fallen out whilst I pulled out something else. A nice present for someone.

I was really stressed about it for a while and then reflected on what happened. I realised that lately I have been too preoccupied about saving money during my travels. It is true that - particularly due to the unknown length of my travels - the more money I save, the longer and further I can travel. But there is a point where this is affecting my experiences.

I am happy that I lost this money. It was a gift. A wake-up call. I actually feel lighter and freer for having lost it. It is only money, and money is material and not one of my interests. I am not a material person and so, upon reflection, I realise how toxic my behaviour was, and how it was affecting my experiences.

I am travelling and so I should be experiencing as much as I can during this voyage through the new lands and new life. I don't know how much longer or how much shorter my life is going to be, the only thing that is certain is that I am here now - walking and talking, breathing and living. Hence now is the time to experience as much as I can with the time the universe has permitted me in it's master plan - and to do this by any means necessary.

I cannot leave my current form of existence with anything material, so it's best that I use it and share it with joy, love and happiness: to make myself happy, to make those around me happy, to add to my experiences and therefore to grow.

This was a priceless lesson that I learned, and I got it for a bargain.

"It is only when you have lost everything, you are free to do anything." - Fight club


  1. Anonymous17:33

    i like it.

  2. Great post, I totally agree! :-)

  3. Thanks for the feedback, Krissi :)

    I'm just wondering, have been involved in any Free Hugs events?

  4. Anonymous23:29

    Ara you are becoming my GURU!!

  5. haha... I'm glad you are getting something from my experiences and my writing, Manu.

    Remember, you were one of the people who strongly influenced me into coming to South America. So thank YOU :)


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