It happened today as I got off the 5 train. Among a bunch of people going about their days’ was a person (I’m almost 100% sure she was a tourist) posing for a picture looking extatic to be on an NYC subway platform. Witnessing this got me thinking about ways in which we could keep that special kind of “tourist enthusiasm” and excitement around for everyday activities, like commuting.
When we travel, we strive to get the full experience of being in a foreign land. There is something enchanting about doing the things that locals do (like take public transportation) and going to the places that locals go to. We find splendor in their “regular” things. Yet, when we visit those places, there is something (besides for any language difference) that separates us from the bunch, and makes it easy for anyone to label us a *tourist* - and that is our excitement! And the same is true for our own "tourist radar." Chances are you can sense if someone is a tourist right off the bat.
So I leave you with this question: What would our days look like if we were as excited as the girl I saw on the subway platform today, about life, and our everyday experiences? If we approach the things we do every day like it's the first time we are doing them, with a tourist's sense of wonder.
I will be trying to bring my "tourist enthusiam" along everyday , and I encourage you to do the same! And keep in mind the marker for success - To be mistaken for a tourist! I hope I am, and I hope you are too!
Photo Source: New York Daily News