When we have visitors, I can’t help but notice how people tend to successfully shrink this world. And I am sure you know a shrinker (not a shrink!), too – maybe even you are a shrinker? Truth be told, there is at least a little bit of a shrinker in all of us.
Shrinkers go through life with tons of pictures in their heads of places they’ve visited so far. And instead of admiring something new and unknown, they will tell you: “Oh, this looks like Italy!” Or: “Without the mountains and if this was by the sea, then it would be just like this tiny village by the Baltic Sea I went to when I was little.”
Shrinkers take in the new place in a heartbeat and then you can see them wandering about studying nothing else but the pavement, since they desperately want to figure out what to compare this place to.
While it might be nice to give comparisons to people who have never visited just so they can get an idea as of what to expect, it can be highly annoying while being THERE. Whenever I feel my mind drifting into shrinkage mode, I ban all comparisons from my mind and start over with fresh eyes, because otherwise, places lose their magic and their uniqueness.
On the other hand, shrinkage adds some madness that can be highly entertaining. Just to give you a few examples:
A tiny Caribbean village in Mexico becomes Miami. Or Lisbon. Minus the trams. And minus the hype.
A little Swiss town becomes Canada, while a little Canadian town becomes Switzerland. Or Norway. Whatever.
Isn’t it enough that we can travel from Paris to Australia within a day, more or less? Do we really have to look then for Paris in Australia?
Stop shrinking! And if you can’t, see a shrink!