I was in vegas when i saw a bus load of strangers passed by. I overheard a tourist saying “that’s it, it’s all mountains, nothing really to see.” Crazy as i was, i ask the lady what mountain, and she smiled and say, “oh, the grand canyon.”
I instantly recalled that just a few days ago i pass a small kiosk where a young guy was handing out tour packages about the canyon. I’ve got only two days left in vegas so i decided to jump in the bandwagon before i head to florida.
I’m glad i heard that lady or else i wouldn’t have a grand experience. Great sight, seeing the canyon from the top made me realize that the world is really unimaginably vast, not that i don’t know that: its breathtaking views and the changing colors of the horizons as you see it from different viewing decks was mesmerizing.
Looking back at my photos and reminiscing the moments, i come up with things i learned after or during my grand canyon experience.
1. Don’t be afraid to ask help.
I went there alone and saw families, lovers, friends having their photos taken together, laughing, chatting. One guy saw me holding my camera and offered his help in taking my photo. Perhaps he is a mind reader , he could have sensed i love the view , i can’t afford to leave without having my photo souvenirs or he just sensed i was too shy to ask help. I thanked him for that, by the way the guy is cute. 🙂
2. We create our own reality.
You climb the top and you see several views. For some they can just see all mountains, others might see all clouds, It all depends on how you see it or how you feel about it . A fallen leaf can be a symbol of a beginning or a sign of an end, it really depends on how you see it.
3. You will get there.
Along the climb one can get tired especially if you’re walking alone. A young couple in the souvenir shop told me i’ve got to go to the rim and see the view. I ask the lady how far it is and how long would it take me to reach the rim. Her boyfriend replied “quite far but dont ya worry, you’ll get there.” I was surprised by his remark because i was expecting an exact answer like “just go straight, turn left, would actually take you 15 minutes ….” but he gave a sharp answer and it made sense in the end. He was right, it might be far but for a heart that is willing, eventually “you will get there.”
4. You are not alone. Sometimes life might make us think we are climbing alone. For whatever reasons, no matter how much validation we get when it seems that nobody is there, one can still be surprise that a moment or a twist of event will make you realized that you are never really alone.
5. The fifth lesson i learned…. well, that there are more than 5 things one can learned when you travel whether going to the grand canyon or the niagara falls. Be it 5 or 50 , again it depends on how you see it. If you want to add something, just let me know. Share your stories, i’m here to listen.
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