Learn to Like Yourself
Learning to like yourself as you are is one of the best gifts you can give yourself. Finding others that agree can lead to the greatest friendships of your life.
I'm not saying to be self-centered, egotistical or narcissistic. This is the dark side of admiring yourself. What I'm saying is that in Western culture, it is very difficult to believe in and accept yourself as you are.
A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle. - Benjamin Franklin
Don't get wrapped in yourself. Get wrapped in life and other people, too.
Learn to like yourself, but don't go overboard.
And help others accept themselves, too.
There's so much negativity in our society that is unchecked and unchallenged.
It's easy to believe that everything is bad. There is nothing good. Everything is dangerous, and, somehow, we are to blame, that it's our fault.
It's simply not true.
Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do. - Benjamin Franklin
Try this, be the “you” that you always wanted to be but couldn't. Be adventurous, crazy and try all kinds of combinations.
After telling people in Europe that I was from Chicago and getting an Al Capone imitation (Ra- tat-tat of a machine gun) shoved in my face every so often, I had enough.
I decided to tell everyone my father "was Al Capone's body guard and NOT to mess with me."
Instantly, I got a lot of respect and was pressed to tell "my father's Al Capone stories." I made up them up on the spot, such as when my father "saved Al from choking on an olive from a martini." It didn't happen.
It was a hell of a lot of fun.
I returned to my own boring self a few days later, when my "admirers" returned home.
One of the great discoveries in travel is that the world IS a wonderful place. Most strangers CAN be trusted.
Negativity of the press, most writers and way too many people are self-serving. It's designed to be self-justified and self-fulfilling.
It's all just plain wrong.
Learning to like yourself as you are and finding others that agree with you is one of the best ways to improve the world.
First of all, you get to find wonderful people who are interesting and true, instead of whiners and doubters and self centered money grabbers.
Becoming a good friend to others is the very definition of peace on earth.
You learn the mechanics of getting along, sharing the good things in life, and becoming enamored with things that give spice and wonder to living itself.
To me it's a waste of time to do anything else...
If someone doesn't like you as you are or seeks to change you, to "improve" you, dump them.
These are not your friends. They will not help you when you need them. They will just laugh at you behind your back and maybe to your face.
A friend in need is a friend indeed.
So learn to like yourself as you are and go traveling and find others that agree with you.
It's the BEST way to travel!
Here is a quick list of Travel Secrets I found out about on my trips. I hope it helps you in your search for better travel:
Go to the Page on My Way to Travel
Nervous about travel?
Travel is Scary
Learn to Like Yourself as You Are
Time Slows Down when Traveling
KISS - Keep It Simple Stupid
The Power of the Open Question
Ask the Unbusy Police Officer
Ask the Locals - They know
Listening - An Important Skill in Travel
Contrast the Old and the New
Some Unusual Travel Insights
Be a Good Guest
Take a Walk - Relax - Enjoy Good Travel
Get Lost on a Bus - I Dare You
Change Course - Follow Someone Else's Idea of a Good Trip
Good Exercise is a Travel Bonus
Interacting with Children in a Foreign Land
Treatment of Americans Abroad
After All - It's Your Vacation