A Repost From Nepal July 9th 2016
The greatest failure in life is failure to try. Being afraid of the unknown and different things is the greatest burden one could ever put upon themselves. With travel comes new people, new experiences, new emotions, new everything. So far while in Nepal I have tried different food, never knew what the hell momos or dal bhat was until now. I've met new people and began learning a new language. I've opened myself to strange situations and in return have learned new skills.
One thing I've learned is that if you open yourself up to other people in a positive way, you receive positive energy back. To observe and practice this, I strapped my camera onto my back yesterday with loads of rain gear (it looked rather rough when I left) and ventured out into Lalitpur.
The goal of my venture was to ask every person that I found interesting, intriguing, and friendly if I could take their photograph. Now, for me, this was difficult. I don't normally approach people on the streets and ask to take photos of them.
So the first few were hard, but the people here are so damn nice that only about 3 of the 35 or so people I asked said no! I learned a few phrases from my Nepalese friend at community office how to ask "How are you?" "What is your name?" "My name is Jaci." "Can I take your photograph?" "You look very beautiful" "Thank you" Basic stuff so I didn't seem intrusive. And like any place I've been, people appreciate the effort you make even if you sound like a complete idiot, it makes people laugh!
So go outside, try something new, put your fears behind you. It feels good and it's different than the mundane. Make some people smile, push out the negativity, and bring only positive energy to this world. We all need it.
“Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for your life to begin and start making the most of the moment you are in.” ― Germany Kent