Have you ever met someone who just sticks with you? Someone who makes such an impact in your life, in a split second, you feel like your life is changed forever.
This is what happened to me during our visit to the KlungKung Palace in Bali. As we were walking around with our guide, I felt eyes on me. I turned and saw an older Balinese woman sitting on some steps selling scarves and ornaments. I immediately felt beckoned to walk over and talk with her. We were barely able to communicate with hand symbols and smiles.
Her eyes drew me in and I wanted to get to know her and spend time with her. I sat on the step just staring into her eyes and felt so much so quickly. Her eyes told stories of years of living life in Bali. I could tell that she has been there done that and lived a life filled with so much joy and sorrow. We didn’t need words to express what was happening in that moment.
I asked if I could take her picture and she thankfully said yes. Every time I look in her eyes I am transported to Bali and that moment. She touched me so deeply and I still think of her 5 months later. I wonder about her story, I wonder how she is doing and I wonder what brought her into my life in that moment.
She reminds me that you don’t need to be able to speak to share empathy, joy, sorrow and so many other emotions. All it takes is a look, a comforting hand, and a smile to share a special moment.
Her eyes draw me in every time and I get lost in them. I hope that some day I can return to Bali and see her again. I have no idea if this is possible or what her name is, but I wonder about her story and her life.
This moment in time was one of those moments that is so hard to describe yet changes you in a second. One of my favorite parts of travel is having these moments that shake you to your core and remind you of how important it is to connect with people.