After 9 flights, 4 boat journeys and 4 bus trips of which find myself on the 4th i can say i have clearly changed. This current bus journey isn’t just any bus journey it’s a 29/30 hour bus journey and as i write this this we’re stuck in a non moving traffic jam so i’m guessing that could push the time up and up and up. The strange thing is i just don’t mind.
People said why don’t you just fly? I could have jut flown and in fact i looked at it as an option but i also read some blogs about the bus trip being worth it. You get to see loads out the window but more so and i think more importantly it’s an experience. I may chose to never repeat it again in my life but i tried it. I’m the only tourist on this bus and i kind of like that this is an authentic Brazilian experience. It’s something i’ll always remember and for me thats what this trip is about. You don’t need to speak the same language as people to learn from them and you don’t need to be able to have conversations or even have company for that matter to pass the time.
It took 32.5 hours before the bus arrived. It wasn’t like the normal journey where i’m constantly checking the time waiting for it to pass because i wanted to be at the end of it. I just didn’t get stressed or worried. I relaxed and the time just seemed to melt. I really couldn’t tell you when it started of finished or if it seemed to take forever it was just happening. I was there taking it all it. Even when i realised we wouldn’t arrived in the 29 hours that the bus is meant to take i didn’t freakout. Why would i? It is something i can not change and all freaking out does is add negativity to the experience. It’s such an important lesson to try ad grasp as soon as you can. Worry and stress categorically do not help us EVER. They make every situation worse for us. We are taught to get annoyed and to worry about things which is almost insane because if you ahem lived on this planet like i have you will know 2 things.
- You can’t fight reality no matter how hard you try
- If you try to fight reality you will always lose
It’s because of these to facts that stress and worry are pointless. They won’t change a thing. They just make you feel worse, put your body under added stress and make you feel helpless.
Thus my 32.5 hour bus journey ended with a smile on my face. A quick cab journey to my hostel (Bahia Prime which is amazing) where i was welcomed by 2 beautiful girls i had met in Paraty. They had cooked a vegan feast for me, which was delicious. In that moment i i grasp the concept of everything always being as it is meant to be. Good or bad is how we label events in our lives. However i believe that all events are for us not against us. Everything that happens should not be viewed as good or bad but viewed as a way for us to grow, to expand and to learn about life and ourselves. By labelling events as good or bad we give them a set of emotions, allow them to affect who we believe we are and allow them to have some control over the shaping the of our future.
At anytime you can take control back. Not the kind of control where you can decide outcomes but the kind of control where you decide how and what you feel inside. You may not be able to control external factors but you can control internal ones if that is your wish. It is my wish and something i continue to work on achieving day in, day out.
Wishing you love and light,