A funny thing happens when you travel. You re-learn how to say “yes,” and also how to say “no.”
“Why yes, I will stop to take that photo.”
“Sure, why not check out a honky tonk bar?”
“Awesome, that exit looks like it has something cool to check out!”
“No, I will not go back to your apartment with you.”
“Nah, I don’t need to pay that much to sit in some hot water.”
“Thanks for the invite, but I think I’ll enjoy some alone time today.”
The words “yes” and “no” are our basic markers as we navigate our day-to-day lives. We can choose to get off at exit 1A, or we can choose to stay on I-40 for another 7.2 billion years.
Yet when we are at home with our friends and our routines, the opportunity to shape our day by choosing one option over another isn’t always as pronounced. At home, our days can feel driven by obligation, or expectation, or sheer habit. On the road, every moment feels like a momentous choice.
Spending a rainy day inside this hostel with tea and grad school application essays: YES.
Remembering to live in the moment: Oh, yeah… I mean, YES.