I chose the following quote in “Why We Travel” by Pico Iyer.
Abroad is the place where we stay up late, follow impulse and find ourselves as wide open as when we are in love. We live without a past or future, for a moment at least, and are ourselves up for grabs and open to interpretation.
I’m sitting at the airport in Cleveland, Ohio, getting ready to go back to New York City from the annual GEBG Conference. Not exactly “abroad”, but the story still works. Two days ago, early on a Wednesday morning, I had some time to kill before the conference began (side note: the welcoming party later that night at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was classic). So, I took out my phone and looked for the local geocaches. I noticed one larger cache about half-mile away. Sure enough, it took me to the oldest cemetery in Cleveland, a large rectangular space, flanked by two high sandstone walls and lined with some beautiful magnolia trees. It was a good cache.
Point is, during the walk, I really fell into the moment. I enjoyed all the unfamiliar sights, smells, sounds, and forgot about the lists and schedules. The past and future all collided together and gave me something much purer. I love those moments. I particularly love when I’m traveling with my girls and those moments just sneak up on the entire group. The barriers fall away and something pure redefines our group…my family. While those moments are fleeting, they leave something that last forever. We learn to be more mindful.
I love trekking the world. More specifically, I love climbing the most. Bopping around countries, seeking adventure with my family, is among my most coveted experiences. However, it’s also nice to know that I can get the same moments 10 miles away.