My family and I are now aboard a Mekong Express Limousine Bus traveling from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam and crossing the mighty Mekong River into Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The lonely thing is … I am the only one awake to enjoy the revealing scenery both countries have to offer.
The beauty of land travel is being up-close to what the place is all about. It is educational, leisurely, and therapeutic.
We learn about other cultures. This front-seat sensorial experience offers us ceaseless insights – from one kilometer to another – that when put together in our minds give us a warmer and better picture of the places we visit, the people, and their way of life.
The fleeting countryside and the scenes that unfold — imprints that trigger our mind into pondering … surmising … even, guessing reasons why things are the way they are.
It relaxes our minds and soothes our bodies. Time passes by at our own pace. Staring out the window, we get to leave our worries behind – at least, during the duration of the trip. Problems are momentarily forgotten. We are left to ourselves without even knowing that this mobile respite affords us the time to heal us of past hurts, painful memories, and present-day burdens.
There are times we catch ourselves smiling to ourselves … amused by things from the past that we hold dear — slowly seeping into our consciousness from the deep recesses of our subconscious. What-might-have-beens crop up and make us revisit missed opportunities or times when we stumbled in life. We also smile when we realize how fortunate we are right now and how things have turned out for the better.
Suddenly, we are whisked back into reality by the announcement of the bus stewardess. Before we even know it, we’re almost there.
The precious hours spent on the bus is time well spent. Good for our bodies, good for our soul.
Unfortunately, we are living in an age where everything is fast and instant. Thus, more people – especially the younger generation – are accustomed to instant gratification and prefer the ease and speed air travel offers.
We are not even aware of the life lessons and realizations we are missing out on when we pull the curtain and sleep on the bus.
Why emerge from the bus sleepy? Come out of the trip refreshed with a better outlook — ready to face the challenges of life!