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Traveling can make you feel younger

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When people think about January, they think about the New Year’s. People gush about champagne, countdowns, and endless parties the whole night. The gym membership often get excited about the booming number of clients coming in excited about shedding off a few pounds. Unfortunately, I’m like the only one who is not thrill about the first month. January is the time where I add an extra number to my age. This year, I am 32 that’s right three and two put together. It makes me feel nostalgic for my twenties. Luckily that was about to change when I embarked on a journey.

I Remember taking off to another country to travel and hang out with my friends for my 30th birthday celebration. I was hiking through trails and jumping off of waterfalls and landing deep in the ocean. I was in the Amazon forest treading through weeds and grass and staring off at all these colorful birds flying by. I was even fearful of snakes that can strike at an instant or curled around my body and squeeze me to death. I was also excited about the unknown and new discoveries of hidden gems. I would order the weirdest food and excited about gobbling it up. During my travels, I felt like I was in my teens. I felt young like I was able to conquer the world. As a matter of fact, the world is my oyster. I was wonder woman. No I was wonder woman and superman all clumped into one. Then when the plane reaches back to my hometown, I felt like I was in my 30s again.

So why did I age so fast when I came back to my hometown? The reason is that I’m back to an ordinary life where everything is predictable. When your life is predictable, adding an extra year to your age will seem like you have aged by 100 years. When you are exploring the unknown, your age does not matter anymore. The excitement and exhilaration release the sympathetic hormones from your body. These hormones such as epinephrine and norepinephrine keep your energy up which revitalizes you and makes you feel younger. The constant motion of exploring, hiking, and breathing in the fresh air rejuvenates your body which makes you want to keep going. That itself is what makes you feel younger and better. I guess whenever January rolls around, it might be a good idea to go off to the unknown so I can feel like I’m 20 again.

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Hilda Wong

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I'm a doctor, traveler, foodoe, and a startup junkie. I have two adorable dogs that I can't live without.

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