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22 August 2012 @ 12:12 am
Comfort vs, Growth  
I like this:

Go beyond that makes you comfortable. Open yourself to ideas, events, relationships that make you uncomfortable. Travel places where you know no one. Learn another language. Create art, even though you're not an artist. Argue with people. Fall down. Get up. Read books, all sorts of books. - Juan Williams

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This quote is really a fortuitous find - In just over two months, I am heading to India for three weeks on my own. I am learning some Hindi and taking some photography classes in preparation. I've argued with my mom (about safety - she thinks I'm going to come home dead), my dad (about the food - he thinks it's gross), and my doctor (again, about the food - she thinks it's unclean). And I've been an omniverous reader, as always, but with a large helping of Indian travel information and literature.

It's the other parts of the quote that lie in front of me - those ideas, events, and relationships that push one out of one's comfortable assumptions of the world. While I do know some people on the other end and will hang out with them for a few days, the majority of the trip will be on my own and really quite far out of my comfort zone in many ways. But I think it will be a great opportunity for me to think, to explore, to grow, to learn. I'm looking forward to the adventure and using the challenges to gain some new perspectives. Life is so topsy-turvy, stressy-uncertain these days - I don't just need a vacation, I need some time outside of my current reality and the time/space/opportunity to look at the world with new eyes. I know the experience will be amazing. I'm certain parts of the experience will be uncomfortable. Parts of this plan terrify me. And I think that's OK.
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jtdiii: Biojtdiii on August 22nd, 2012 11:28 am (UTC)
Visit spice bazaars, shop for fabrics, stick your nose in places most tourists do not visit. Enjoy vistas most of us will never see.

But most of all make memories.
eithni: geekeithni on August 22nd, 2012 01:15 pm (UTC)
Exactly. :)
arebekah: V&A textilearebekah on August 22nd, 2012 09:52 pm (UTC)
You are resourceful, I know that you will survive your trip. I'm not as confident you will return to Madison at the end with the idea that it is still home.

I see you as a nomad of sorts, content when you are able to visit other lands, but also when you return to the paths closer to your birthplace. Now all you need to do is figure out Mary Poppins' traveling case.

All the best!
eithni: darkladyeithni on August 23rd, 2012 05:34 am (UTC)
Well, this will be home for at least the next two or three years, since my sister and the niblings are here now. After they go, who knows?

In the interim, I think I need to make a commitment to getting abroad, or at least indulging the the wanderlust, at least once a year. I'll need to make some changes to make that happen, but change is coming, one way or another, so I may as well be the director of some of those changes.