by Matt Kohn
You would think that moments when you feel the smallest in the universe would make you feel the most insignificant... The moment when you are looking out over the seaside cliff you are hiking on knowing that if you fell, you would surely be a goner, but those waves would still keep rolling in and out. The moment when you immerse yourself in a foreign country and don't understand a single word being spoken but no one seems to notice you or care.
For many, these situations would cause stress or anxiety or sadness as you realize just how unimportant you are in the grand scheme of things. However, these moments are the ones that make me feel the most alive. Looking out over that cliff, or scuba diving and getting a glimpse of the complex and beautiful world under the water, or just simply trying to take in the gorgeous scenery of wherever you are - you can't help but be in awe of the beauty that surrounds you. And knowing that if you ceased to exist the beauty wouldn't fade is incredibly humbling. We are guests on this planet and I am reminded of this every time I travel and explore new places, new things and new people.
This is one of the main reasons why I love to travel - because it allows me to get a glimpse of the beauty that surrounds us. It makes me feel alive, it invigorates me, and ironically, seeing how meaningless my role is in the universe and nature - gives my life meaning.
How? Why? I am not sure exactly, but I think it makes me all the more grateful to be alive (which is the ultimate gift) and to be blessed enough to see the beauty of this planet and the beautiful humans and creatures who inhabit it.
Here are a few times that I felt extremely small and insignificant, but also incredibly alive:
Matt Kohn is a thrill-seeker, world traveler, fitness fanatic, and aspiring world-changer. He is also the creator of the website A Different Hunger, which he created to help others through his passions of fitness, travel, positive psychology, and living a life of purpose.