Lost in Translation....Final Thoughts

Trip Start Jan 09, 2008
Trip End May 15, 2008

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Banri Hotel

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

For the past 4 days, ive been in the metropolitan environment of Sao Paulo. This city is big...real big!! its the 3rd biggest city in the world at 18 million people which is 10 percent of the brazilian population. quite immense, if you know what i mean. As far as place, i dont really think ive given Sao Paulo a good chance to impress me, im just physically and socially exhausted. After 4 and a half months of living out of my bag and dealing with Hostels, my mind went on standby and wanted to just unwind. So i decided to get a hotel and spend the last few days in the Japanese side of Sao Paulo called Liberdade. Its an interesting place because Sao Paulo is home to the largest population of Japanese outside of Japan. So i would say i feel at home cause everyone looks like me, but at the same time so out of place. The best way i could describe it is being ¨Lost in Translation¨ cause my japanese is okay, but not everyone speaks it here and everyone seems to be more comfortable with portugese, which in my case im probably at the 3 year old level. So i basically feel like an idiot here with a college education that cannot communicate. I guess im at the point where, i wouldnt mind understanding whats going on around me. I mean, ive been in a foreign countries for 4 and a half months and sometimes no one speaks any english. Im not complaining at all and its part of the experience, but i think it would be nice to be able to communicate effectively again. And the key word is effectively.
So about my thoughts of the trip....where do i start? Well, its my final day in this wonderful continent of South America, but it began with my dreams of coming here. I set this goal about 3 years ago after my trip to Southeast Asia and have a great sense of accomplishment. I basically lived my dream and thats so special. I have no regrets of my decision to come here. I went an entire year of travel, reuniting with friends and family, met wonderful new friends, learned a new language, and above all lived my life. I went through a considerable amount of growth in many way that i think will benefit my life in all facets. Some people felt my decision to take a year off and explore the world would impede my career. I beg to differ, this trip and decision to live life has been the best decision of my life thus far. In fact, it was great timing as well. Put it this way, along the way i met some wonderful retired folks who waited til they were done with work to travel south america. I was travelling this when im 27. Im not bragging by any means, im just saying that because i travelled at this age, im going to be able to use this experience for the rest of my life and i dont think i would get the same impact in my life at age 50.
Also, I realized how important it is to go for something if you really want it. Sure, there are things that are going to be sacrificed in order to achieve your goals, but hey thats part of life. In my case, i sort of put my career on hold, but i think it will be a even better career now cause i have more experiences to help guide me to the correct decisions.
We often think that our dreams are far fetched, so far away, and years are needed to achieve it, but i think some are just a quick decision away. its amazing, cause all i needed to do was basically pack my backpack up and buy a airplane ticket to quito. Those two actions, made this dream come into fruition. Of course, you need to have the right situation to do so....that was just for me. it may be different for others. However, my idea of dreams have changed because often we just post them on the wall and hope someday youll be able to do that or go somewhere. I dont believe in that anymore, dreams are supposed to be lived not just thought about. Reason being, there are tons of dreams to accomplish and if you get held up on one, you may not realize the others that you want. Because of this trip new ideas of travel have popped into my head because of the fellow travellers ive met. Tanzania, Golden Triangle of India, Indonesia/Bali, Malaysia, and so much more. Im not going to make it to all these places in a year or two, but im definitely going to knock one of them out soon cause im excited of the next chapter and the one after that.
Probably the most important thing i~ve learned on this trip and time off, was to not take things so heavily. We often put too much emphasis or weight on items that we think are of great importance, but really arent. ill explain...when i was working in San Diego, there were days, when superintendents would be yelling at me needing answers or else the project will get delayed. It was sooooo important to get those answers and i would stress out because of the incredible pressure. But in the end, that answer was a color of paint and realistically that answer is a grain of sand on the coast of Brazil. it really isnt of that much importance. I should have been worried more about my health, my family, and friends. Cause in the end, thats who are going to be there for you, and no one else. There are no change orders in life. We need to live like south americans and appreciate what we have and not what we dont. We should be dancing the night away and bobbing our heads to reggae during the day. In all essence, we should be having fun every minute of everyday. Thats what i want to do from here on out. I dont want to wait for the weekend of have fun, I used the phrase before ¨I work for my weekends¨, but now im going to use ¨Im going to live and have fun everyday¨. Some would say, how are you going to do that? Well, first of all im not going to be looking for a job anymore, cause a job is just a vehicle to get you to do what you want to do. Im going to be searching for a passion cause with a passion, you wont think that you are working anymore. I dont want to struggle getting up in the morning to go somewhere i dont want to go. I want to be inspired and have pride with what i do. Honestly, i dont know what that is, but ill be on the search for it.
I also reevaluated my priorities in my life. Im going to give more priority to my family and friends before anything else. Cause without them, my life would be so empty. We often put them as a 2nd priority for material items and careers. During my travels by myself, i had many occassions in which i wanted to just go home and give my mom, dad, brother, and grandma a big hug. However, being thousands of miles away i wasnt able to do so. To deal with this sense of loneliness i was always on search for people to give me that sense of companionship. However, when im at home, that companionship is always there. So there will be no search. I will always remember that.
All in all, I think my life will be more fullfilling from this point on and i thank everyone for being there for me. I would also want to give a big hug to those who ive met along the way on this great journey, i couldnt have done it without you. You know who you are. Well, i hope to see everyone at some point again and please keep in touch. I hope you had fun following me around this wonderful continent and maybe one day i can follow you. bye for now!!

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