As you may know from my last post, I recently came back from Barcelona. I’m not going to extend 1 trip into 2 posts and recap about the streets of Barcelona or anything. But the trip did inspire me in more ways than one.
In addition to Barcelona being a personal goal accomplished, it was a step away from my life as I knew it. I saw glimpses of life as a traveler, as someone in Catalonia, as a person whose sole purpose was to enjoy myself. I adjusted to new schedules of the city and vacation, I tried to be polite in another language, and I learned to appreciate things I never knew existed. The trip helped expand my view and add to my mental Rolodex of things to draw upon.
It wasn’t just being in a foreign country or new place that added ideas for me later think of. Before going to Barcelona, I traveled to northern California. I have been to the Bay Area plenty of times before, but it was the first time I stepped into that world coming from my world as it was at that time. I took advantage of a fireplace, which was something I had forgotten the feeling of since I was a little girl. I remembered the priorities and struggles of being a student. I went grocery shopping where I loaded up a car afterwards, and I was in a mall again. These were all things I’ve done before, but this time I saw them as different from how my life is now.
It’s not that these things were so different, new, or shocking, but they were reminders of a life outside of my own. Traveling brought me new understanding of other lives and what matters within those. There are things I get wrapped up in within my own life and seeing something else lent me outside inspirations as well as fresh perspective.
The way things are for me now, I can’t travel to different cities or countries too often, and I don’t need to in order to take away the same ideas. The point was to step outside myself. This time I got to change location and let myself be completely elsewhere. Sometimes that happens just leaving my home and walking down the street, starting a new conversation with someone, or checking in with things I don’t normally think of in my day-to-day. The point is, if you or I feel stuck within what’s at hand, we can take a trip elsewhere. It can be an easy stroll, a mental trip, or a grand voyage, but whatever it is, take a moment to see the beauty elsewhere, or perhaps realize it in what’s at hand.
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