I Wish I was taught this in school……

The Evolving Backpacker

Published on: October 30, 2016

In School, I was told to participate in each race, run as fast as I could and aim to cross the finish line first . I wish someone had mentioned that the Race was long. Sometimes I would be ahead, sometimes I would be behind. And ultimately it would be only with myself!

“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” ― John Bingham, No Need for Speed: A Beginner’s Guide to the Joy of Running

Growing up, I was always told to chase my dreams. I wish I was also thought to sit still, breathe, let go and connect with my inner self.

“The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

I was told to be competitive, work hard, have a stable career and save for a rainy day. I wish I was also taught to stop and smell the roses, lie on the grass and glance at the drifting clouds, appreciate the blushing sunrise and revel in the crimson sunsets. To live in this present moment rather than be constantly planning for the future.

“It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.” ― George Harrison

My mentors taught me to love my family, my country and my fellow beings. I wish I was taught to first connect with my own consciousness from which stemmed the font of universal love and eternal gratitude. I wish someone had told me that it was not wrong to love and respect my self just as much.

“Love only yourself a little bit longer, until you can’t stand not to love someone else.” – Kiera Cass, Happily Ever After 

I was trained to score optimum grades at school. I wish I was also trained to be just as eager to help others succeed and be generous with my time and effort to help my fellow classmates achieve their own goals.

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” ― Maya Angelou

I have mastered the art of being focused, setting deadlines and achieving targets. I wish I was taught to let go at times, to let my mind drift and to harness the most imaginative answers from the depths of my consciousness.

“We are the cosmos made conscious and life is the means by which the universe understands itself.” ― Brian Cox

Sciences taught me the how’s, History taught me the why’s, Geography showed me my place in this world. I wish I was also made aware of the Universal Truth – That the Spirit soared and the Mind Evolved in the ‘Not Knowing’ of life’s greater mysteries! Because from this uncertainty sprung the cosmic dance of endless possibilities and the manifestation of the Soul’s true purpose!

“A man is like a novel: until the very last page you don’t know how it will end. Otherwise it wouldn’t even be worth reading.” ― Yevgeny Zamyatin, We

I was taught to be disciplined and do as I was told. I wish that I was also given opportunities to wander aimlessly and to build my trust in my own instincts which seldom leads me astray!

It feels good to be lost in the right direction. – Unknown

I was taught to pay attention and stay focused on the Blackboard. I wish we were equally encouraged at times, to stare out of the window and dream, to let our imaginations run wild and to become acutely aware of the inner voice and the faint vibrations of the vast universe.




“To dream is to have a chest filled with stars, a mind captivated by possibilities and a heart enveloped in imagination.” ― Anastasia Bolinder

The Evolving Backpapcker
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Sailor, Adventurer, Thrill seeker. I am an avid traveler who seeks every opportunity to travel and evolve . Join me on my numerous adventures and voyages of discovery of the Outside World as well as the Inner Self.

1 Comment

  1. Indu

    Awesome Jason…great that you can make time to travel .Keep sharing your experiences as the travel bug is catching on here as well..
    Hi to Ambika and love to the lil guy.


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