When people travel from Point A to Point B, the last thing on their minds is memory. Seriously. They’re focused on the food that they’re bringing, they’re focused on the food that they’re going to be eating on the road, a lot of them are focused on the money that they’re spending for their trip.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with these concerns. These are practical concerns and people should devote some time, attention and energy to them. However, if you really want to maximize the value that you get from your traveling dollars, you need to focus on what truly matters.
You see, in any given day, you perceive thousands upon thousands of sensory inputs. These are the things that you see, hear, touch, smell and taste. In other words, these are the stimuli that you are subjected to. These are the things that you get from the outside world.
But believe it or not, your mind only chooses to focus or become aware of a tiny fraction of that. Of this tiny fraction, you form thoughts only on a small subset. And of the things that you are thinking about, only a few get plugged into your memory banks. Of those small items, only a handful or even one make it to your personal narrative.
So what’s the whole point of this? Well, it really boils down to memories. Believe it or not, you are your memories. If somebody hit you upside the head and you lost your memory due to amnesia, you are no longer the same person. You are John Doe or Jane Doe. In other words, you have no identity. Your memory is what defines you.
Now, what does this have to do with Portugal? Well, it has everything to do with Portugal and any other place you travel to. The places where you find yourself in, the places that you experience, the places where you meet new people, the places where you discover certain revelations about yourself are places worth remembering. This is why you have to make sure that you take affirmative steps in making sure that regardless of where you go in the world, and I’m not just talking about Portugal, you try to make things memorable.
Now, this doesn’t mean that every single detail of all your trips must be stored in your memory bank. This doesn’t mean that you directly feed into your personal narrative and your personal self definition and in character all your experiences. I’m not talking about that. Instead, I’m talking about looking at the things that you have experienced in Portugal and relating these into the deep, personal truths that you have so you can expand your personal narrative. After all, the walls of our comfort zone start feeling like invisible prison walls if we don’t push them out.
By taking in new memories and looking at old memories under a new light, you may make your trip to Portugal not only a lot of fun, but it can also act as a gateway to higher and higher levels of self awareness and possibly self development and self realization. That’s how heavy things could be, and it really all boils down to your attitude.