Travel is oxygen. The last few years I haven’t really been out and about, because writing novels on deadline, both The Blue Bar and The Blue Monsoon has taken it all out of me. This year, I’m back to India, and to run a few errands I ended up in a small hillside town.
It landed on me what a life of noise and stress I live in big-city Singapore. In the hills, all I heard for a few days were birdcalls and silence. Yes, silence has a sound. It is a soothing lull, like white noise inside your mind. The air adds to that lull, smelling like pine and crisp linen and empty blue skies.
One morning I followed a red-billed blue magpie as it flew from tree to tree, trailing its long tail, picking at autumn berries from shrubs on the hillside. My body loosened. The cricks in my neck disappeared. I slept through the night for the first time in weeks. My anxiety-ridden body and mind got some much-needed respite.
It could be the lighter air in the hills, the complete absence of any mechanical noise, or the looming hill jungles around us– I felt like I could just loll about and forget about the tense exchanges that have been my lot this year. This was a blessing, because no matter what I did, I couldn’t get away from it in my everyday life.
To those of you who stay in green locales with no mechanical noises around you, you’re blessed beyond belief. To everyone else, it’s not always feasible, but I recommend getting away from it all in a clean, green place, with more trees than people every once in a while. I’m determined to do this now from time to time as and when I can afford it, as a regular healthcare routine.
What about you? When did you travel last? Did it help heal you or was it a stressful experience?
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