Getting tricked in India and keeping an open-mind
This is Jen and I’ve got exciting news for you! Our BVOY Travel Journal will be available for you to order online in August! Our manufacturer confirmed that the journals are now ready to be shipped to us.
I’m equally excited and afraid -- excited for how BVOY & Co. can learn and grow, and afraid for all the things that could go wrong along the way. What if our manufacturer ships us defected journals? Even worse, what if our manufacturer is a clever scam artist who ships us a box of rocks?
I’d call myself a risk-averse person. My thoughts are usually skewed to the negative and goes straight to worst-case scenarios. On the upside, it makes me a critical-thinker and more prepared. However, too much of one thing is never good and having a healthy balance is what I strive for.
While travelling in India I wrote in my BVOY Travel Journal, “With each new experience I want to keep improving. The lesson I’m learning today is… Sometimes to experience the full spectrum of life, you need to lead with an open-mind and an open-heart. That means letting the bad in with the good.”
Within minutes of stepping out in Delhi, a group of local men tried to convince my partner and I that we were headed toward a dead-end road. They wanted to take us to a different market or to a Tourist Office. I’ve had a similar experience in Thailand and knew it was sign of a scam. We decided to ignore them even though they followed us for many blocks and kept shouting at us. It turned out we were right and we found the market just fine. For the next few days, whenever someone came up to me, I put my head down to avoid engaging with them. Rule #1: Don’t trust anyone, only trust Google Maps.
After a few days, we met other travellers who shared stories about the friendly locals they met and they were surprised to hear our story. My experience on that first day wasn’t as common as I thought. If I hadn’t heard their stories, I would have been paranoid for the rest of the trip. By opening up for the remaining days, I was able to have a more enriching experience.
It made me learn that in life it’s better to open up and let the bad in with the good. Have faith that if the bad comes along it’s just a part of life and is not always the full experience.
Even though I’m afraid of what could go wrong with our BVOY Travel Journal, it’s worth trying out. Keep your eyes out for our upcoming email in August announcing that our journals are ready to order!
Can’t wait to talk again soon,