As the thought of our trip ending was approaching and we were talking to people about it, a common expression was ‘It’s time to get back to the real world.’ But we’d argue that point each time. I guess there are several versions of the Real World? But based on what we’ve experienced we see the real world as out there being with nature everyday. Working in it, living in it, growing food, raising animals, riding a bike in it. A pretty simple lifestyle but very also real. Didn’t do your chores today? The plants might dry out. The animals will be hungry. But being back here we’ve noticed things are so easy, abundant, wasteful, and often fake. Chicken comes in a foam package. So much energy is spent on the way things look; shiny packages, shiny cars, new clothes, gadgets, lawyers, money, fastest this, fastest that. Wow. It’s pretty overwhelming.
We’ve mentioned a lot that this trip for us was a life changing experience, and this change in our perspective is one of many changes for us. We probably wouldn’t have had this change in perspective if we only rode in New Zealand and Australia. It was 15 months in Asia. It was spending so much time amongst Buddhists. It was discovering patience. Hunger. Exhaustion. Simplicity. Poverty. Happiness. All of this is overwhelming as well, but these are all human conditions. Very real. We highly recommend discovering your own version of reality.