You don’t have to be Mother Teresa to be great. I hate to break it to you, but no one will ever do what Mother Teresa did, because she was the only Mother Teresa the universe ever saw. There is no other Maya Angelou, Deepak Chopra, or Beyonce. There is no other You, and that is your power.
Author Jen Sincero nails it: "We're on a planet that somehow knows how to rotate on its axis and follow a defined path while it hurtles through space! Our hearts beat! We can see! We have love, laughter, language, living rooms, computers, compassion, cars, fire, fingernails, flowers, music, medicine, mountains, muffins!”
For the love of all that is decent in this world, don't stick your chopsticks upright in your rice in Japan, wear a crop top in Vatican city, or blow your nose in public in China. Everybody's got their own ideas of right, and they ARE right. But so are you. Get it?
Every now and then, a coffee shop surprises you. Its rare, but sometimes the vibe of the place is as focal as the food and drink, and they're not shoving it (the vibe, or their food) down your throat. Amsterdam's Coffee & Coconuts has nailed it.
If the booming selfie stick industry can tell us anything, its that we are f***ing serious about getting photos of ourselves in places other than home. For some reason, everything is worth photographing when we're on vacation. What if we looked at the stop sign on our street corner with that kind of awe?
We know money is a currency. We want as much of it as we can get, generally speaking. We think carefully about how we spend it, because (for most of us), it doesn't grow on trees. But - and this is a big but - money is a renewable resource. You can always earn more of it. What about time?
If unplugging is the new luxury travel, what does that say about our mental health at home? We've got a few suggestions for finding inner peace on your average tuesday (suggestions that won't cost $600 a night to have your phone taken away).
Why are we balls-ier on vacation than we are at home? A bowl of grasshoppers at lunch. Zip lining through the jungle. Taking the subway (hey - everyone has a different level of ballsy). What if we approached the average Tuesday that way? Reason #3 to think like a traveler at home: Why Not Try It?
Why do we reserve total amazement for vacations to the 7 Wonders of the World, and not for playing with an empty cardboard box? Take a hint from expert travelers and tiny children with Reason #2 to think like a traveler at home: total dumbfounded wonder.
Add seeing millions of dutch tulips in bloom at Keukenhof to your bucket list ASAP. Why? Because they only bloom once a year, for a few weeks. Because the flowers are so colorful it will hurt your eyes (really). Because have you actually been to the Netherlands if you haven't seen the tulips in bloom?
You know those magic opportunities life hands you every now and then? Usually they're accidental, maybe embarrassing, and always subtle - but if you're paying even a little attention, you seize it. You run into the tulips.
Ever walked into a store and thought: oh boy. this is going to bad. i'm going to want everything. oh boy. If you haven't, now you can - at Merci, an exceedingly cool concept shop and cafe hub in Paris. Do you think they'll notice if I move in?