Seeing with new eyes

I have been to Kuala Lumpur so many times that I have lost count. I have stayed in a variety of hotels, in a number of neighbourhoods, so I stopped thinking of going to KL as travel. It had become mundane, ordinary, routine.

Last week everything changed; well, almost everything. I took a bus that I have taken countless times but instead of leaving late, as it always had before, it left 15 minutes early. Instead of turning left at the usual intersection, it turned right and I was able to see a part of Singapore I had never seen before, even though I have lived here for 6 years.

Upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur, the bus went through an area that I had never seen before. I was sitting on the edge of my seat with my nose pressed to the window. This is travelling!

I remembered that when I was about to leave Botswana, I started seeing commonplace sights differently. I called it “seeing with good-bye eyes”. When we travel to a place for the first time and everything is new, we see it with shining clarity. If we stay, some things start to seem dull.

Perhaps this phenomenon is like growing old. When we are children most of our experiences are new. As adults, most things are run-of-the-mill. Then as seniors, we start to see the world with ‘good-bye eyes’.

Wishing all my readers the chance to see everything around them with new eyes.

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