Happiness Project

Andy walking through Bengkol Savannah with Baluran Mountain as its background, East Java 2012

Your outer journey may contain million steps: your inner journey only has one: the step you are taking right now. As you become more deeply aware of this one step, you realize that it already contains within itself all the other steps as well as the destination. This one step then becomes transformed into an expression of perfection, an act of great beauty and quality. It will have taken you into Being, and the light of Being will shine through it. This is both the purpose and the fulfillment of your inner journey, the journey into yourself…” – Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now

I am falling in love deeply, deep enough to know that this love has grown into an intense bounding after I finish my journey from Bromo, Ijen, and Baluran. My love to Indonesia’s nature has motivated me to travel more than I ever imagine. For me, the meaning of travelling has developed into wider understanding for my personal life. It now turns out into journey that connects me into myself, to see, to discover, to explore, and experienced things that I could not find in my daily life. To experienced and getting know more about new places in Indonesia is like collecting pieces of puzzle to complete myself, as if those pieces is a part of me that have been there for centuries and waiting for me to pick it. Parts that work to build my identity. Traveling in Indonesia has bridging gaps between me and my understanding about how beautiful, rich, and diverse Indonesia’s are, especially its nature, its culture and its people. Each of those components has become mystery puzzle that somehow contributing a deep sense of belonging for my love to my country, a love that brought me into a bigger consciousness and changing my way in seeing Indonesia. It is like following what have been said in Mathew 7:3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”, and now it is time for me to open my heart so I will be able to pay more attention of those beauties that live close around me.

Traveling around Indonesia is like taking a chance to get out from my comfort zone, to attach more with my surrounding and society, to experience nature in more respectful way, to know that there are still plenty more that I do not know or only be able to know it by book or internet, to figure out that there are still many things that I can create and grow in Indonesia, to recall my history, to be conscious about myself by knowing more about my ancestor’s story and to preserve their heritage and legacy so my future generations will have a chance to learn about their forefather, and finally to be happy. Happiness that comes from the excitement through blessed feeling that I still have a chance to enjoy every God’s creation throughout Indonesia’s land, and to share it with my travel companion or all new people I’ve meet during my journey. It is like Tim Cahill ever said “A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles”. It is not about how far I could go or which part of the world I’ve been stepping in, but it is more about what I have been bounded more into, about getting more meaningful experience with people I’ve meet, a bounding that hopefully will be able to change my life and our society in more positive way. So I start it all from a land that have giving me food, birth place, and place to live, Indonesia.

The journey will begin at May, and I’ve choose zero kilometers of Indonesia as my starting point, Sabang Island and Weh Island near Nanggore Aceh than continue to Bukit Lawang, Medan for jungle trekking and water rafting. It will be a lifetime experience to see last survive Orang Utan, before their species disappear from the world, a chance to getting close to a creature with 93% human’s DNA living in wildlife. This could be my first and my last opportunity to experience the UNESCO World Heritage, Leuser rainforest ecosystem.

Piece of hope arise on my mind, I want to give more contribution through my future travel experience in Indonesia. I am imagining that my journey will somehow can contribute more to Indonesia’s development, and moreover to its people. Supported by innovation of information technology, I want to transform Indonesia as center for world’s ecoculture tourism and connect the world into one destination called Indonesia. It is like bringing the world back together into one super continent called Pangea so that each of us had an easy chance to share every potential and experience that we got during our journey around Indonesia. It is about bringing Indonesia to the world and world to Indonesia, for better sustainable world.

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