"Our lives are full of adventures. Everywhere we go. It's a journey when I leave my house, and it's also a journey when I return. My journey will come to an end at some point. We have our own time, which has been given to us by the Almighty. We have a lot of disappointments and delights along the way. When the journey comes to an end, so does our life." KR Vijayan's words of his beautiful journey of life.
People who are fascinated by the enigmas of the cosmos and rich cultural heritage usually travel with their backpacks to explore the world. It is something that they do, not as a hobby, but as a part of their life. In my life, I have seen many souls, including friends, devote their lives to adventure, while others, such as myself, make excuses such as a lack of funds or a demanding job, despite the fact that we enjoy traveling. However, today I am going to talk about a man who made his life journey for journeying itself.
KR Vijayan was an itinerant who loved to roam around the world with his wife from the money he got from his small tea shop in Kerala. He was an ideal role model for those who enjoy traveling on a tight budget. Despite their humble beginnings, the elderly couple used the proceeds from their teashop to travel the world. Many people, including my friends, have been influenced by these lovely couples. Many Keralites learned that when life throws limitations and boundaries at you, do not sit back; instead, use your limitations as an arrow to shoot the star you are aiming for. Except for the ones we create, there are no limitations or rules in life. Humans impose them; everything in life is attainable with determination.
KR Vijayan's love for travel began when he was very young. His father had always made him accompany him wherever his father went. He liked movies, and whenever he saw airplanes or beautiful countries, he was enthralled. In one interview, he stated that when he told his friends he wanted to fly, his friends made fun of him. But it never stopped him from pursuing his dreams. Mohana, his wife, on the other hand, never ventured outside of her hometown. She was also very curious about the outside of the world. She imagined that after she married, she would be able to travel anywhere in the world, and that happened. They took their first 18-day trip in 2007. Sharjah, Alexandra, Cairo, Lexor, Israel, Jordan, and Dubai were among the seven countries visited on the holy land tour.
They traveled to over 25 foreign countries across six continents with the proceeds from a small tea stall over the next 14 years after their first trip.
However, due to a heart attack on Friday, November 19, he abandoned his wife and went to another mysterious world. VK Vijayan was 71 years old when he died. They had intended to travel to Japan, but death comes to the call. Even though he left this planet, his messages lie in us. He made us realize that before we leave this planet, we must live; at least once; without regard for what others might think. When we started traveling many of them were criticized and passed judgments. But he believed that this was his life's purpose, and he pursued his dreams alongside his wife. When the death knocked on his door, he answered the invitation without telling his wife.
"We travelled to Madras, Kanyakumari, Bangalore, Delhi, Haridwar, Egypt, Jordan, London, Paris, Switzerland, Venice, Singapore, and Malaysia as a group. She is, in fact, the source of my strength. I'm at a loss for words to explain or define it. She gives me all the energy I require."- Vijayan speaking about his wife.
We do not know when is our call to death, so start living without any excuses. Everyone has a mission to follow in our life. We sometimes may get lost, discouraged, and want to give up, but if we do not quit, we will win; and that is our success. What others say is not always accurate; it may be correct for them, but that does not mean it is in your life. There are people outside to judge you for the mistakes that you made, through sticks at you, mock you, spits you, and gossips about, but that never hides in the dark. Rest sometimes if you need but do not let burn yourself in the darkness, and do not hide your face forever from the people. Live the way you want, not others, our journey is short, and we need to write our own stories.
Many had come forward to give their condolences. Santhosh George Kulangara, Chief Explorer of Safari TV, stated that he is the true itinerant.
"When a man is a traveller, the world is his house, and the sky is his roof, where he hangs his hat is his home, and all the people are his family.”
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