I once thought that happiness came from achieving a big milestone of success, like graduating from a good college, getting a fat paycheck every month, finding the love of your life, buying a new home and raising talented kids. It’s what everyone — including my parents, teachers and friends — has nudged me to pursue as my ‘destiny’.
When I first started traveling in Southeast Asia, I’d stop by every Chinatown there was, shop at the largest malls I could find and eat at the highest-rated restaurants. That was what I thought traveling was — adventure and excitement from seeing and eating the same things others before me had done.
It was fun, no doubt, but at times I would wonder if there was more I could do.
I once thought I could stay young by exercising regularly, eating mindfully and challenging my brain everyday. It’s what I’ve heard and seen other people do, which made me decide to do the same.
And it works — for the most part.