Sometimes there are moments when somebody says something so beautiful, shocking, or unexpected in a conversation that I am left speechless. I have these moments often and I’m grateful for them because I always leave the conversation a slightly different person—a wiser, more open-minded person. I had a short conversation like that with my mom today in the village where she was raised. It went a little like this:
Me: “It’s so sad how people are born and die here”
My Mom: “Yes, but most of them lived a happy life”
When she said that, I had nothing else to say. How could I? The only reason I thought living in one place all your life was sad was because I couldn’t imagine the course of my life taking place in one small village (I dream of traveling the world). But when she said that most people in the village live a happy life, it made me think. Maybe staying happily in one place your whole life isn’t bad after all.