No Place is Mundane

While on my travels in Australia, I met someone who said, “Amie, there are no such thing as mundane places… just mundane people, go home and be a tourist.”

Now, more than ever, am I relying on this quote.

I really can’t and shouldn’t complain about where I am from. Canada is a pretty amazing place. We’re known as one of the friendliest nations around the globe, we have free health care, we border the United States, have the Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean, and the Atlantic Ocean. We have the Rocky Mountains and the Great Lakes. We’ve got it pretty good. It’s my insatiable wanderlust that makes it so hard to stay here, but guess what? I have barely even explored my home country. While in Australia, I realized there is actually a ton of Canada that I really need to see. Why not start with where I live?

Living in the Niagara Region is actually pretty awesome… I can visit Niagara Falls whenever I want. I can hop over the border to New York in a heartbeat. I can hike the Niagara Escarpment or wander around Toronto if I feel like it. Why do I even complain?

Hiking in Niagara

Hiking in Niagara

The other night, I drove to Niagara Falls and walked down in the pouring rain to see their Christmas lights display and the Falls. It was weird, I actually felt myself bursting with excitement on my way there, I felt like a tourist and I loved it. I couldn’t get over how pretty all of the lights were and how pretty Niagara Falls looked at night. The mist rising above, the city all lit up, Christmas lights, and it was barren, likely due to the weather. It felt like it was all mine.

Niagara Falls at night

Niagara Falls at night

Christmas lights display in Niagara Falls

Christmas lights display in Niagara Falls

I had dinner with my friend Kaitlyn recently (who I actually met while nannying in Melbourne) and we had a really interesting conversation. We both talked about how after spending time away from Canada as a tourist in another country, you start to see things differently at home in regards to how beautiful things are. We didn’t really appreciate things as much when we were around them all of the time but now we look at things like a tourist, someone who has never seen any of it before.

I used to drive through the country to get to work everyday for two years without ever noticing how pretty it was. When I got home, I did the same drive but I actually noticed so much more this time. Watching the sunset through the trees in a farmer’s field was different this time around because I actually took the time to stop and look at it, to be mesmerized by it, to appreciate it in it’s entirety.

Country Sunset

Country Sunset

Last night I went for a walk down to Decew Falls, which is in St. Catharines, Ontario. I spend a lot of time there in the summer hiking and swimming, as it is one of my favourite places to be. I haven’t spent a lot of time there in the winter and I couldn’t get over how pretty it is and how close it is to me. The leaves have fallen off of the trees, the ground is orange and white and there are icicles hanging from the waterfall. I am glad I took the time to go see it, even though it was cold and I hate winter. It is one place that will never not excite me.

Decew Falls

Decew Falls

Decew Falls

Decew Falls

Decew Falls

Decew Falls

No matter where you are from, there is always something to do. You just have to look at things differently. If you were a tourist, visiting that particular area, what would you want to see and do? Every place is different and has something to offer, even if it is a place you’re used to being in every single day. Instead of always being sad and feeling stuck somewhere, get out there and make an effort to see it in a new way. Don’t be one of those mundane people that my friend talked about, be an adventurer, an explorer. You may as well make the most out of your time, no matter where in the world you are.

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “No Place is Mundane

  1. Have you ever been to Websters Falls in Dundas? Or the “Dundas Peak”? Both incredibly beautiful places with amazing views of Hamilton/Ancaster/Dundas areas.

    I’ve also thought of travelling to Chicago, Boston and Montreal when I get home. All fairly close to us and major cities and yet I’ve never taken the time to explore them.

  2. It’s too bad that we often feel as though our home is boring just because it’s familiar. So I think that travel is not only a great way to see other places, but also to appreciate our homes.

  3. Nicely said.
    The challenge for me is to avoid falling into the habit of routine. The routine of non-appreciation. The routine of being in a routine. I’m all about living each day to the fullest but it takes work sometimes. BTW I went to watch Kaz tonight in TO. Same place he played when you were a teenie bopper and we met him. He is now Red Light King and doing fine.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s