I’ve been in India for over 3 months now. 3 months can be a lot or a little depending on how you live it. If you’re sitting in prison waiting 10-20 to be paroled, 3 months might not mean a whole lot. Here in India though 3 months feels like a lifetime in the craziest place I’ve ever been. 3 months has provided me with treasured memories, incredible insight, and as much inspiration as there is pollution in the air. 3 months has seemed to stretch on for a long time as I’ve seen so many places, met so many people, and done so many things.
When I first got off the plane 3 months ago in New Delhi I was over stimulated by the sights, the sounds, the people, and the sheer volume of everything. It was madness and I thought I was going to cry. In less than 24 hours India made me feel chewed up, discarded, and left to wonder what the hell I had gotten myself into. Slowly though, I’ve learned enough lessons to make the most out of my time in India.
..and here they are!
Open your heart.
I was lied to a led into yet another travel agency when I met Patrick, from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Not far from where I grew up. We talked for awhile and overtime I came to trust him and the people there. The owner said to me, “if you’re going to enjoy India, you need to open your heart to it.” If I didn’t learn to love it, it wasn’t going to love me. Then I handed him a stack of money and headed off to Srinagar, Kashmir.
Anything is possible.
I’ve opened my heart and learned another fact about India. Anything is possible. Just when you think you’ve seen it all a goat with a sweater is standing on a car, or a cow is being fed a piece of bread while standing at someone’s front door, or there’s a person bathing in the waters where the bodies of dead people are cremated and discarded. Anything is possible.
There is no problem.
Which brings me to the next piece of advice I learned from 3 months in India; the only problem is that there is no problem. Ask anyone if anything is possible and with 100% conviction from anyone it will be “no problem” with a signature head bobble. The solutions sometimes only present themselves in convoluted Indian ways, but most things are in fact possible in India with no problem.
The most important thing I’ve learned after being in India for 3 months is that everything I’ve learned can be applied anywhere. If you want to enjoy life, open your heart to live. Remember that anything is possible no matter where you are. And the only problem is that when there is no problem, your ego will create one.
While India may in fact be composed of pure madness, there is a certain rhythm to the chaos. It’s hard to hear the harmony under the noise, but it’s there if you try hard enough.
…and when you find the beat you can move with it as if life were a dance.