After two months of travel, I am hunkering down and becoming a lump for at least three months. While adventuring far and wide, I experienced the nippy end of winter on the east coast of Canada, cuddled my family and friends and basked in the radiant love between my brother and his new wife. I felt the dawning of spring in New York City, practiced daily at Jivamukti, ate the best raw food and almost too many tacos. I saw mermaids swim just outside of Tampa, and marvelled at the symmetry of art deco in Miami. I was seasick too far from shore in Key Largo, and did SUP (stand up paddle board) yoga in Key West. I drank litres of juice, rode with my hair in the wind on a scooter and then drove the line back to Miami.
After two days of air travel and mere moments of recuperation, I then spent ten days in Melbourne, working hard but also enjoying writer’s workshops, libraries and lots of chai tea.
I am starting to process some of the lessons learned along this batch of travels. Here they are; a non-exhaustive collection in no particular order:
1. While traveling, at some point, all other humans will become annoying.
Space is so important; to breathe, to reflect, and to harness patience. Recognizing when it’s time to take time is crucial to mental health. The imbalance of travel and inherent uprootedness of moving from place to place can make one a little cuckoo. Taking time-outs is imperative.
2. It’s so easy to be a dick to family and traveling companions.
Patience truly is a virtue. As soon as you’ve fallen into acting like a snotty teen, take a step back and remind yourself that these patterns don’t need a revival. Be nice, be caring, be courteous, and be patient with the people you love most. Refer to step one to get yourself sorted.
3. Eating good food is the essence of life.
Take the time to suss out the best quality food when you rock up to a city. Always carry nuts in your pockets and fruit in your bag. When you’re in America especially, don’t eat the entire serving on your plate. It is far too much food for any human to consume as one meal. If you eat crap, you’ll feel like crap so treat your body like a shining temple.
4. Never get stuck sitting in the middle four seats during a 15 hour flight.
Pay the money to make sure this never happens to you. If it does and you find yourself getting sick into a paper bag, remind yourself that this too will pass. Tough times are the best times to practice.
5. Drink water obsessively, like you’ve just been rescued from a desert island.
This will potentially assist you with the severe dehydration that comes with flying massive hauls especially if item four is your destiny.
6. Be positive about the people and things you see along your way.
It’s so easy to make fun and judge and turn up the old hook nose, but life is simply more fun when words and thoughts are positive. If you start shooting your mouth off at every turn, refer to this post.
7. It’s all so new.
But if the days don’t seem fresh when you’re exploring uncharted territory, be warned, you’ve become jaded. Fear not though, for there is a cure. Get on your mat. Go to a new studio. Try something crazy and new cause baby, rest assured, you ain’t seen nothing yet. That’s Bachman Turner Overdrive people. Watch the link. x