Sunday Snippet: Terry Pratchett

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”

I’ve been saying for the longest time that one of the best ways to spend your money is on travel. It’s one thing to watch documentaries on television, but it’s another thing altogether to immerse yourself in the culture, climate and food of another part of the world. It really helps to refresh your perspective on things, because you get to experience all sorts of things that you wouldn’t be able to experience back home.

And it also reminds you of all the things you take for granted. The longer you stay in a single place, going through the same routine, the more likely you are to neglect and forget what you have around you. This isn’t just about visiting developing countries and suddenly becoming much more grateful for clean running water and a relative sense of safety walking down a dark alley. It’s also about appreciating the space that you have, the friends that you have, and all the amenities that you have available to you.

The quote above was taken from A Hat Full of Sky, one of Terry Pratchett’s many books. Pratchett is an English author, working primarily in the realm of fantasy novels with a comical spin. You might know him from his Discworld series, for example.

And he’s right. Have you ever had that experience when you come back from a long, but enjoyable vacation? When you arrive at your home airport and smell that familiar air? When you yearn to sleep in your own bed again and not some lumpy hotel bed? Sometimes, you forget about what you have until you’ve lost it, even temporarily.

At the same time, as a silly old bear taught us, we also don’t know what we’re missing until we find it. Go out there and find what the world has to offer, then come home and rediscover everything that you already had.