Tuesday, December 25, 2007

改變‧人生

上星期舉行的講座,在一個像小學課室的地方,坐著三四十人,有些應該是經常出席講座的常客,有些朋友想了解一下部份國家的情況,有些好像真的在計劃著自己的旅程。

在問答的環節中,參加者都對我的旅程充滿好奇,除了很多實際上的技術性問題外,也問了不少的私人問題。而其中的一個,我當時真的不知如何回答-「旅程回來後,你有甚麼樣的改變?」

自己其實也曾經這樣問過自己。但實情通常是當局者迷,就像一個人慢慢老去,每天對著鏡子看著自己一點點的改變,根本無法察覺,只有當遇見久未碰面的朋友,才可從他人口中得知自己皺紋原來又增多了。

還記得,在贊比亞河邊,這是我們獨木舟旅程的第二晚,導遊幫我們點起了營火,遠方不時傳來動物的叫聲,是河馬吧!為我們的交談配上背景音樂。我們一行五人,一對現居於荷蘭阿姆斯特丹的情侣,男的來自愛爾蘭,於跨國公司工作,因為出差的關係,會常到莫斯科、埃及、東京等大城市;另外一對來自南非的夫婦,丈夫熱愛攀石,曾於高處墮下,留院一年多後才康復,但現在仍然不時跟兒子攀石。

我們相識二天,但話題卻由政治,愛情,金錢再談到生活。我說,這大半年的旅程,除了相機外,就只有不到20公斤的背囊。生活,其實很簡單,你需要的是一張舒適的床、熱水洗澡以及好的廚房以供煮食。

“Life is simple, all you need is a comfortable bed to sleep, hot shower and a good kitchen for you to cook.”

回到香港生活三個月了,才漸漸發現自己的生活跟以往真的有點不同,對香港社會,所謂主流意識形態,越來越格格不入。

我不打算在此大談人生道理,只是,旅行會把很多生活的慣性打破,早上喝不到冰奶茶、閒時聽不到廣東歌、病倒時沒有白粥、晚上沒有電視、生日沒有朋友……慢慢地,在你甚麼也沒有的日子,你會發現,甚麼東西才真正對你重要。

生命中重要的東西,其實不是很多。

7 comments:

Emil said...

It is really something for you to share with us!

jing said...

your adventurous mind and determination to go out deserves the highest respect.

i really like your self-reflection, with a bed, good shower, kitchen to cook, life shoud be it....

thanks for such richness in your blog.
ken

Pink said...

Hi Tak,nice to meet you! I have some questions want to get your opinions, can you give me your email? My email is pinkgata@gmail.com

Stephen! said...

hey tak, i m stephen u met in munich...remember? suddenly think of you and i really miss my trip in europe. one day i will go around the world like you, i swear! so hows life in HK so far? i really wanna know how the world changes you and i dun mind you typing 人生道理here...lol
gd luck to your new job and u know, i m entering the working force this summer.

hope we can catch up with each others sometimes later.

Tak said...

Thank you all for your comment. I am thinking to add some information of my travel so that people can get some hint easier.

Just too busy at this moment, so hopefully I can share them later.

tzuche said...

hi, tak,

just found your blog accidental on internet, amazed by your trip, and hope you would write more about your trips to share with us....

Anonymous said...

hi Tak,
after reading your sharing, I thought over it and found that the three things you mentioned: a bed, good shower and a kitchen - are actually elements of a HOME!! right?
Linda