“One’s destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things.”
This one certainly rings true for me—especially when I think of all the roads we’ve taken and all those beautiful destinations that have been ticked off our list over the last two decades and maybe a little more, of our life together. The journeys have all been life lessons, something that we would never have learnt had we remained ensconced in the comforts of our homes. As a couple who’ve travelled and moved countries, set up homes in different cities from scratch each time, life seems to have come a full circle and yet, many dreams are still left unfulfilled, many roads yet to be travelled and many life lessons probably still awaiting us around the corner.
I’m no relationship expert, but one thing that I’ve learnt through the years is this—it isn’t love alone that holds a relationship together, but learning to accept that disagreements and differences are part of the deal, that friction is as real as affection and belief in self-worth is as necessary as adapting oneself to respect those very differences that irritate us about one other, and then of course, learning to let go. It is all of these that really matter.
Truth be told, it is much easier to write about this today than living this truth over the years. Actually, a lot harder! Growth is painful. But, that’s how we grow, isn’t it?
The year was 1997. A destination that we both took off for, in the midst of a back-breaking week of work was the 2.5-day trip to Udaipur. Taking the late-night bus from Ahmedabad to reach Udaipur in the wee hours of the morning was exciting then. (I’d dread it now!) It was a budget trip all the way but what an amazing break we had in the beautiful City of Lakes.
I have no pictures from the trip back then, except for precious memories, but here is a shot from a recent trip taken in early 2016, What do you think of the view?
Sunset by the Fatehsagar Lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan.
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