I’m Not Going to Talk About Religion

Okay, maybe I am. Just a little. But it’s more of a curiosity thing. It’s starting to become something I want to learn about.

The more I travel, the more religions I witness, and the more curious I become because I find them to be so interesting. I’ve never seen such dedication. There are so many religions, and there is so much devotion involved; there are ceremonies, rituals, prayers, emblems; some are more connected to the Earth, some are more connected to a God, but they all have that one thing in common: faith.

Growing up in a Christian household with a father who is a pastor, I pretty much started to shove the idea of religion out of my life once I hit my adolescence. I think my having a pastor as a father made it harder for me to be religious because it just felt like “taking your daughter to work day” every damn Sunday of the week; it was a drag, it was boring, and I didn’t really want to be there. I played on my iTouch and waited for it to be over so we could go eat. No offense, Dad. Your sermons were cool when you used video clips from movies, but other than that, I never paid attention (I think you know this, though).

Religion is definitely a highly personal journey. It’s like going to a psychologist; you won’t get anything out of it unless you really want to be there. You won’t get anything out of religion unless you have faith. I don’t really know what faith is, but I feel like it’s something I’m starting to understand. It’s at least definitely something I want to learn about. I’ve considered myself to be spiritual, I’ve considered myself to be agnostic, but I can’t slap a label on anything because I generally know nothing about anything.

A lot of these questions are arising within me because of how much I’m experiencing out in the world. Some things just don’t feel like a coincidence anymore. Maybe I should have paid more attention in church, but I think this is just something I need to do on my own.

If anyone has any book recommendations on world religions, drop me a comment! Preferably something available on iBooks or Kindle!

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I have learned a few things about Hoi An: 1. Its sunsets are absolutely gorgeous 2. The food specific to here is delicious, and you can’t get it anywhere else in Vietnam 3. Getting tailored clothing is easy and amazing 4. While still very cultured, it’s very touristic (more so than Hanoi and Saigon) 5. When people tell you not to go out alone after dark, they really, truly mean it. As a traveler, I will promise you one thing: I will never bullshit you. If you ever want to ask me something, ask. I won’t fluff it up. I won’t tell you what you want to hear. I will tell you what you need to know. That’s what I feel like is missing from a lot of “influencers” – the real sides of traveling. I don’t even consider myself an influencer. I’m just a girl with an instagram who rants on her blog and hopes someone besides her parents reads it. I’m going to shut up now, but hey, look out for my next blog post 🙂 @travelgirlshub

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