|Old and new - reflection of Old City Hall clock tower|
Reflection of Old City Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota
I read this somewhere and wrote it down.
"Ask yourself, what life would you have if fear wasn’t an issue?
What would you do? Where would you go?"
Fear is inevitable, has been built into us biologically for our own protection. But it is exhilarating to contemplate what we would do if it wasn't an ISSUE, a complete roadblock. What if we evaluated the risks, took the precautions we could, and then proceeded anyway? Realizing the vast majority of what we worry about never happens, where would you go, what would I do?
People ask if I'm not afraid to do the things I do alone, travel alone, bike alone, hike alone. Yes. Yes, I sometimes am. But I absolutely refuse to let that fear rob me of my life. I will be careful, I will take sensible precautions, but ultimately, I have decided -- I will go.
When I came back from England (almost two weeks ago now!), I had a hard time getting back into my life here in Minnesota. I compared it to living my life in color and then coming home to black and white. I appreciated the comments on my blog, including a couple pointing out to me that we can't really appreciate the novel without the routine times of life.
I began to think about what it really is about the feeling of travel that I want to hang on to and experience all the time. I think the answer is here:
"If we are always arriving and departing, it is also true that we are eternally anchored.
One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things."
- Henry Miller
And that can be achieved anywhere.
"There are four basic food groups: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and chocolate truffles," (Anonymous)
(I could live without the white category which tastes nothing like chocolate to me!)