I’m on a Field Trip in Nicaragua…
For the Next 3 Weeks[tweetmeme] My husband, Daniel, and I arrived yesterday afternoon in Costa Rica, in celebration of our 2nd wedding anniversary, where we are spending two days at Volcan Arenal -- in hopes of seeing some molten-hot magma -- before heading North to Nicaragua and the border crossing at the Rio San Juan.
Feeling Small Makes Me Feel So Good
Being away and unconnected for such a nice chunk of time showed me how overinflated my sense of purpose had grown and how I was lacking perspective. Publishing, responding to emails, helping clients, spending time with family and friends, all of it doesn't have to happen now. Though I had fooled myself into thinking it did. The world isn't waiting for, or depending on, me. I'm not saving lives. I'm not that important. Time keeps on moving, whether I am racing to keep up or not, and this truth feels so good because it makes me feel so small.
The Year That Was
I'm taking this opportunity to celebrate my successes with you. If you feel so inclined, please use the comments to share and celebrate your success of 2009 with me and the group.
With no further a due, my year in review.
The Post-Travel Blues
Alter Your Perspective
I’ve struggled for a week to summarize my trip to Nicaragua (pictures here), to put words to the multitude of feelings, experiences and realizations that I made while I was there. But I’ve given up. I can’t do it in one article. My hope is that all that I have experienced will be reflected in my writing. In this past week I have come to realize why travel is such a strong passion for me. The exhilaration of a change in perspective.To me, the greatest gift that travel affords is the way it alters your perception. For it is hard to not be sucked in. It’s hard to not lose perspective. When all you know is what you know, it is hard to remember that there is a whole world outside of it.