It has been two weeks since I returned to the good ol’ US of A. I have rested very little though, as I have locked myself in my bat-cave-of-a-room and worked furiously on putting together a movie documentary. In the short term, a project like this is a great idea since it has the potential to open doors for a new career. But the statistical odds of these golden doors opening are stacked against me. So the long term “question” that began with me when I first touched down in chaotic Mexico City 19 months ago still clings to my shoulder
today in the magical kingdom of New Jersey.
But wait, I thought traveling was the ultimate panacea? Actually, it is not. For some, it can be. I met plenty of people who settled down in a different country, found a new career or met that special someone, and all because they mustered up the courage to step out their front door into an unknown land with no reservations. Most travelers, however, simply return back to their familiar settings and then deal with any lingering issues.
The convenience of everything being solved while I was on the road would have been great, but my crystal ball had other plans. But this is ok. Travel is not only about accomplishing tangible goals, but intangible, internal ones too. And I certainly excelled in this department while I was “nomading” the globe.
So for all of those people out there going through some form of transformation, there is nothing to become sad over if utopia does not meet you at the finish line. The process you went through is what counts, as the lessons learned will be what carries you forward to your next destination. And this terminus may be an even better Shangri-la than you had originally envisioned. Round two has begun. Let’s get it on.
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