A Road Less Travelled - Marianne Bos
A couple of years ago my parents announced that they were selling their house, buying a motor-home and would be travelling around the country (New Zealand). I was a little shocked at first, then I thought they were absolutely nuts! My parents were turning into gypsies!
But travel they did, they saw all the most beautiful corners of New Zealand, did a little fruit picking,and met some varied and interesting people along the way. I was surprised at how many people chose to live this way and many of them similar age to my parents. It was a very laid back way of life. A great way to stop and smell the roses (so to speak)
In stark contrast to this, we live in the hustling, bustling city of Singapore. Here the main aim for most is to attain wealth and status. They queue for hours just to get the latest Iphone and want to have the newest latest technology, wear all the right labels,spend thousands of dollars on one handbag and drive the right brand of cars etc etc.
I have often noticed families or friends meeting for dinner only to see everyone glued to their phones/ipads/nintendos and not talk to others at the table for the whole meal.
Ironically, last year December, Singaporeans were voted as the unhappiest people in the world......go figure!
While I enjoy living here - it can sometimes be more than a little overwhelming and I find myself wishing for a quieter,more people friendly environment.
Perhaps the road less travelled (while not as financially beneficial) is just better for the soul!