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The Giraffe Women Of Thailand

By 29th March 2016 No Comments
Giraffe Women Thailand

A Catalan friend of mine named Marina is currently travelling through Thailand and wrote a post about how her time there is already changing her outlook on life – especially after meeting the so called ‘Giraffe Women‘. I thought I would share it with you… because why not?

“Hoy, después de visitar la tribu de las “Mujeres Jirafas” (llamadas así por llevar anillos en el cuello que pesan entre 5 y 7 kgs para alargarlo), he estado reflexionando.
La gente del poblado era feliz y, cuando digo feliz, me refiero a que radiaban felicidad sin apenas tener electricidad y agua corriente. Les brillaban los ojos y vestían una sonrisa de oreja a oreja, que es el mejor complemento que se puede llevar. Entonces, he aquí mi reflexión: ¿el progreso podría ser la mayor estafa de la humanidad? Nos matamos a trabajar, a estudiar, a buscarnos la vida… Para poder tener dinero y encontrar la felicidad cuando realmente ésta no está en el dinero. Valoramos lo material, el tenerlo todo y cuanto más mejor (sin pensar que “lo esencial es invisible para los ojos”). Antes de esto, yo también pensaba que el dinero, si no daba la felicidad completa, ayudaba a conseguirla. Hoy he descubierto que no es del todo así: creo que ésta se mide sobretodo por la libertad; el no depender de un invento creado por la sociedad; el vivir el día a día con tu familia y tu gente; el no tener preocupaciones ni estrés. Así que, pensemos menos en lo material, en el qué dirán y aprendamos a disfrutar más de la vida, de los pequeños detalles que son los que realmente marcan la diferencia. Be happy!!!”

And in English…

“Today, after visiting the tribe of the ‘Giraffe Women’ (named this way for wearing neck rings that weigh between 5 and 7 kgs to lengthen their necks), I’ve been thinking…
The villagers were happy and when I say happy, I mean radiating happiness, despite not having electricity or running water. They had shining eyes and wore a smile from ear to ear, which is the best compliment that there can be. So here’s my thinking: modern living could be the biggest scam of humanity? We kill ourselves working, studying, searching for life, in order to have money and find happiness – when really it is not money that we need. We value material things and think the more the better (without thinking that “what is essential is invisible to the eye”). Before this trip, I also thought the same way about money, that if it did not complete happiness, it helped to find it. Today I discovered that this is not entirely true: I think happiness is measured mainly by freedom. Not depending on an invention created by society. The day-to-day living with your family and favourite people. Having no worries or little stress. So, think less about the material, less about what people say and learn to enjoy life more, small details are what really make the difference. Be happy!!!”

“He is richest who is content with the least, for contentment is the wealth of nature.” – Socrates

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