A little later this evening I’ll board a train and head west. I need this disruption of routine and leaping from my comfort zone. I’ve already changed into full-on Lola Granola wear and packed the protein bars as no one needs me hangry. Mountains, here I come.
The photo at right is the last minute reminder of things I need to do…the ones I thought of while motoring to the office for a final report and loading the last of the social media posts. (I don’t mind sneaking into the office on the rare weekend; so much can get done efficiently in quiet.)
Yes, hungry bears can be a problem as much as the hazards faced while as a woman traveling alone. But I am most nervous of what I will face and be challenged to learn while I’m out in the quiet new – sometimes by myself and sometimes in good company.
When the everyday ordinary adventures and hiding places are suspended, it is easier to examine what lives between my ears and above my heart – in the head-space. Despite appearances, so much lives there. It’s always “deep thoughts with Allie” day. After doing so much good work to free myself from fear and judgement, I am curious and a little wigged out about what is next to learn and do in this building year.
And today marks the new quarter of building year, the “build conversation/community” quarter. To take the hard and good lessons learned coincidentally in the “build credibility” portion of 2018 and move forward toward “build things that last,” a final building project for the year of the dog. (And me with no dog.)
All of this is why travel at every age is so important. It moves us from our comfortable known world into lives and cultures foreign and new. We get lost and must ask for help. We are the minority. Foreigners navigating new lands, cultures, jobs and people. A mini course in navigating an uncharted life.
We have so much to learn and appreciate.
Do we carry all of our stuff with us or do we trust ourselves to find what we need and McGyver what we can’t find? Do we haul our assumptions, regrets and living room surround sound with us or do we open ourselves to new sounds, new sights, people, tastes and stories?
Are we willing to be unmasked in our air-conditioned comfort selves and live in another place and another story without a minute-by-minute run of show and a familiar backup team?
I’m leaving most of my make-up, curling iron, schedule, pals and library behind in the Hobbit House. I am taking the love of my family and friends, an insatiable curiosity and need to move (and my phone because of its kick-ass camera.)
A friend will meet me in the mountains in a few days. We’ll see if this mountain town’s 4th of July celebration in any way resembles the “Christmas in July” featured when Steve Martin played a modern day Cyrano de Bergerac, https://www.imdb.com/videoplayer/vi4288394777. If so, we’ll love it. If not, we’ll probably love it.
I will reread Team of Rivals along the way.
And hopefully return a wee wiser, a bit more brave and kinder. With no bear marks on my person.
Happy week in your everyday ordinary adventures, Friends.