Journeying to someplace exotic and unfamiliar to you is like gaining hundreds of new experiences and vibes that soak into our memories and leave us feeling greater than we once were before.
I feel sort of trapped in by the typical, small suburban town I live in sometimes. If I do one thing wrong or leave a bad impression on someone I can feel like my life is over and it’s as if I can never start again.
So I do the one thing that never fails to invigorate me, I travel. Anywhere, a new state, a town I’ve never been to before, even a grocery store I’ve never even stepped foot in before. These encounters with new places reassure me that it will NEVER be too late to have a fresh slate and begin again.
When I’m on my way to a new place I do something really creepy. I look at other people in their cars, just a glance, and then I guess how old they are, what their story is, what they do for work… And it’s almost impossible to accurately guess unless they have a collection of expressive bumper stickers glued to the back of their car. I realize that the people I see driving or wandering around have no idea who I am or what I do either, and this unawareness is what makes me wake up in the morning.
Sometimes when I’m at Starbucks and the barista asks me what my name is I make up a totally different name and commit to it just for the thrill of starting over. My best friend and I sometimes joke about how we want to drive 8 hours away and and pretend to be fraternal twins with weird hair, and the great thing about that is that we can.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and you don’t know where to go, remember that you don’t need a destination, you just need a reason. Reinvention is the shedding of the old and the welcoming of the new.