“The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected. Maybe they always have been and will be. Maybe we've lived a thousand lives before this one and in each of them we've found each other. And maybe each time, we've been forced apart for the same reasons. That means that this goodbye is both a goodbye for the past ten thousand years and a prelude to what will come.”
I truly believe that our souls stay connected to all the places we've traveled to. It's how we link ourselves to certain places, and how those places root themselves in our memories. If you think about our memories, there are certain things that are engrained much deeper in our minds than others. And it's interesting to think about which memories are the ones that really stay with us long after we've returned back home from our travels. I've wanted to visit Tokyo for ages, so I was very excited to visit for the first time last month. We didn't have that many days since we stopped in Taiwan first, but there was something about Tokyo that I immediately took a liking to. It's clean and convenient, the people are superbly polite, and the food is beyond delicious. Everyone abides by the traffic laws, whether they are driving, biking, or walking, and everyone is conscientious of keeping the environment clean and efficient. To me, Tokyo felt like the utopian version of New York City and quite frankly, I'd probably be 100% content living there. One of my favorite parts of traveling is going to a new destination and discovering the connection we make with the place. And sometimes, we may just surprise ourselves by discovering how at home we already feel with a place we've never been. That in some ways, it feels like our souls have always been connected.