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Themes:     Nature & Environment (46)  
Tags:    Joy     Nature     Tourism
 
michil Thursday, 1 October 2015

It's the journey that counts

We had a beautiful summer: warm, long, sunny days. Summer in the mountains is made up of a still light, an estranged sense of wonder. That’s when rain crashed down to the ground: nurturing rain, life for plants, giving them invigorating droplets of life. And yet we can’t seem to grasp its beauty.
It's the journey that counts
 
 
 
Are you scared of getting wet? What are you afraid of? Of the rain which covers the sun and crashes on the ground, dampening the earth, making it slippery? Rain can be a great occasion. You just need to understand its beauty and take a step back from supposed certainties.
The firs suffer, and even the mountain pine sports yellow branches. After so much sun, everything needs water. Even our guests seemed relieved on the first downpour, “Now we can rest”. On the second day, you could feel their restlessness, spurred by a sense of ennui they couldn’t control. Something must be done, and fast, before thoughts, anxieties, and fears of not moving become too much, stumbling with the ineptitude of looking at our own reflection in the mirror. Some guests took the car and went to Cortina, “Traffic was a nightmare, though”, or Innsbruck “It was packed with people …” and Munich was also another option, “It’s a long journey there and back, though”. 
Sometimes I ask myself if the car is the only means of transportation for us humans. A car which takes you to far-flung places yet we feel so confined because everyone had the same thought. And that comes as a surprise? I can’t help but think of Seneca’s words, “The spirit has to change, not the sky underneath which you live in.” Get out of the car, step into the woods. Easy, right? Rain is pure bliss. The damp and rain-soaked forest is full of wonder. Every scent becomes stronger, vegetation comes to life, even the gnarly branches take on new life, pregnant wooden pauses, the anthill changes shapes. A new world opens up, green sculptures inhabit the forest, yet closer to us than we could have ever imagined.
The destination isn’t as important as the journey. It isn’t a mere collection of post stamps and stars to add to our agendas and memories. We embody the journey: we choose whether to open or close our eyes. Sometimes I feel as though people are choking the beauty of a journey as they are experiencing it. The forest is here, in all its beautiful grandeur. The high plateaus are here, damp grass which sways to the clouds and wind. The Dolomites are a black, thunderous sight to see. And soon after they are devoured by the black, roiling clouds. 
Are you scared of getting wet? What are you afraid of? Of the rain which covers the sun and crashes on the ground, dampening the earth, making it slippery? Rain can be a great occasion. You just need to understand its beauty and take a step back from supposed certainties. To find oneself, to find respite below those low-hanging clouds. To enjoy the moment, once again.
As providers of tourism services, we have a big responsibility: guide our guests in discovering that the world can be seen anew, that to capture new emotions you need to see the hidden beauty in all things that surround. And start enjoying these days. 
Autumn has come, with its bright colours, the fresh air, the blue sky. I am happy. And it has just started raining. No storms in sight, so I will go to the Col Alto and drench my thoughts in water, nurturing my biggest dreams.

Michil Costa
 
 
 
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