Rest Day - Siddapura
The most common question after my name is.. Single? Solo? Bachelor? Confusion in their face sets in as they can't seem to work out why I am doing this all alone and enjoying doing so.
Now I am not about to send my application in to be the next Sam Woods. My time on reality tv was about as long as Mal Meninga's in politics.
As humans it is in our nature to crave a sense of belonging - to be loved. This brings out our best behaviour - whether it be relationships with your family, friends or partner.
It is one of the most beautiful aspects about India. This sense of community and togetherness - it is more than just for basic survival - it is because they genuinely value one another.
You arrive into a home where the whole family lives - it is no bigger than a studio apartment in Sydney. You then take a walk through the village and see kids of all ages hanging out. The same kids turn into the old lads of the hood perched out of their stoops - sharing a laugh and a dart together.
Often we get caught up in our busy lives - become guilty of seeking short term validation as our 'sugar fix' rather than building and nurturing our own relationships.
Family and friendships are for me the most important. And seeing the happiness around me is only further proof to me that it doesn't matter if you are rich or 'successful' - nothing is better than being with people who also enjoy being with you. Love. As humans that is the best we can be.
Do I feel "alone" in India. Never.