04, 04, 2016
They say travel opens your mind to new opinions and ideas. I admit, before I ever had any interest in learning about new cultures and places I was stuck in a bubble. In this bubble I thought only my city was the best there was and that I couldn’t see myself living elsewhere. But once I was old enough to hop on my first airplane alone, my world had changed forever.
Everything that I thought I had set in stone for myself and future had me second guessing if it’s really what I wanted. As my curiosity grew so did my interest in exploring and adapting to new cultures and lifestyles. I started to compare my city to the ones I traveled or spent time in that I started to point out every single flaw there was. Since I tasted the world on more than just the tip of my tongue, I had lost a lot of appreciation for the place I was born in.
Over the last long weekend I took the time to stroll around to find some inspiration again. I put myself in a tourist state of mind so that I looked with my eyes and not with my routine mind of what Toronto is. I saw lots of colour, individualism, creativity, ruggedness, and of course lots of beer! Toronto is definitely one of those cities that don’t have obvious signs of it’s beauty at first glance, and is rather made for those who are willing to discover the uniqueness for themselves. It’s a city not everyone understands but for those who take the time to explore it end up loving it all to bits and pieces.
Despite my awkward relationship with this city I still love it and I’ll always call it home no matter where I end up.
Has this ever happened to you, and what do you love about the city you grew up in?