It turns out that ‘it is what it is’ is a hard philosophy to live with when your plane has been delayed for 12 hours and it’s three in the morning and everyone is yelling at the travel agents.
Stoicism, the acceptance of what has happened and refusing to not desire the realities of life, is a great philosophy. Epictetus, Seneca, Marcus Aurelius…all worth reading. It is not easy to follow when your second plane has mechanical problems and your flight is delayed a further three hours. (I am beginning to doubt I will ever get to Buenos Aires).
But, in the interests of philosophy and not being a terrible person by yelling at hapless travel agents (whatever they get paid, it’s not enough), I am reflecting that travel brings out what a person really is. My parents always said that traveling together was one of the best tests of a relationship.
So, whether you’re studying abroad or being a tourist, remember that how you behave there reveals a lot about who you are. If you don’t like it, there’s no better time to change. (I suggest trying a study abroad program – they’re great!)