Prompt Number #15: How has travel changed your life? Can you pinpoint a single moment – a day, an hour, a split second – when you knew that things had changed? How did that change impact your life, both on your travels and at home?
Wearing sunglasses in an airport. No, really – I think everyone should do this at least once. I’m a fan of internally pretending I’m someone else at airports. Sunglasses have the power to add a bit of extra ‘oomph’ to helping you walk with a purpose while in transit.
I love that no one knows who anyone else is at the airport.
I could be carrying my banjo because I’m on my way to play on a late night talk show. You could be traveling to Paris to find yourself. They could be flying in to surprise a relative on the opening night of their play. Sure, wandering through the airport aimlessly is an option, but where is the fun in that?
I think travel has a transforming quality because of the lack of consistency. Our daily lives are (usually) schedule-based. We eat the same things, do the same job, see the same people & structures. Our lives retain the same basic skeleton. I know that with myself, I am really able to thrive on consistency. But when I am nudged out of the nest, I take deeper breaths. I stretch more.
If you step outside your boundaries in a way that thrills you, your boundaries will expand to encompass the latest version of you. If you step outside in a way that isn’t right for you, your boundaries stay strong as a safety net to catch you.
You can even stretch from within your safety net, just like a hammock. Don’t forget your sunglasses.