An té a bhíónn siúlach, bíonn scéalach.
Pronounced: On tay a vee-on shoo-loch(k), bee-on skay-loch(k)
Translates: He who travels has stories to tell.
Is the best part about travel done while traveling?
If you plan a trip for a few months or years before you go, some of the excitement is done beforehand.
If you spend time reminiscing and telling stories about your travels – it stretches out the enjoyment to well past the time your passport has expired.
The memories made, the photos captured.
If you get to travel all of the time, maybe the best part is done while traveling, I don’t know – I’ll let you know when I get there 😉
Some days you have to remind yourself to savor the moment. Pinch me, I’m here!
But, in all seriousness, some of the best stories are bad travel stories Tim Ferris and Cheryl Strayed muse over this on his podcast when he interviews her. Tim also talks often about his trips he plans with his family and how it brings him joy, fulfillment, and something to look forward to all year long. I couldn’t agree more.
But this particular saying also resonates with me that travel enriches our lives, not just for the moment that we are standing in awe of a particular monument, but of the times we get to share the peculiar stories of adventures with each other, with our children and grandchildren. Travel makes for a richer, fuller life, with more stories to tell.
Sign me up,
ACTIONABLE STEP: Tell someone a story today of one of your travels. And head on over to Tim Ferris’ podcast and listen to his interview with Cheryl Strayed.
I think it’s a great idea to learn something about the place you travel, to take a bit of the culture and sayings with you when you go. Ireland is a land of many sayings and phrases. The Gaelic language is not something that I picked up on – although I did look up how to say hello, thank you and goodbye before we departed for our travels, the only phrase that comes naturally to mind is Sláinte, which is said as “Cheers!” before a drink, but means “Good Health”.
I found all of these sayings after my trip, although I did have many an Irish man say different phrases and try to teach me how, repeat after him. I, sadly, can not remember them.
I looked these all up on the website Gaelic Matters. I encourage you to go and read through the website. It is fantastically well done with a wealth of information on the Celtic culture and the Gaelic Language. The Gaelic Language is in danger of becoming unknown and we were told while we were visiting that people are now enrolling their children into lessons to keep the language alive.
The old sayings are charming, full of wisdom and wit, and these Motivation Monday series are meant to honor the spirit of the people of Ireland.