I’ve got 40 minutes in a cafe to publish a new post. Challenge extended, and accepted.
While I’m gallivanting all over the world, often forgetting which day it is, I continue to have sources of stress that anchor me back in reality. I’d like to ignore these stresses, and to be honest, most days I do.
Which is how I end up here – in a cafe in some obscure town, for the umpteenth time, trying to accomplish something on my never-ending task list. I still need to get my visa for Vietnam. I have to write a reflection piece for my au pair agency, which I really should have finished ages ago. And I do need to figure out my next step after I’m done backpacking around, whether it’s graduate school, the Peace Corps, or finding a job working with refugees.
These are all pretty urgent tasks, but I figure it’s more realistic for me to complete a new post. I’ve been meaning to turn this blog into a weekly venture, and maybe I’ll actually follow through if I give myself imagined, urgent deadlines.
Yikes, ten minutes left. Here we go, no more distractions.
One thing that has been on my mind (a lot) recently is the purpose of my traveling. I feel so lucky to have this opportunity, so I’m not complaining in the least. But seriously, what am I doing here?
I have actually thought about this question quite a bit. I’ve done some reflecting, and I do have a vague idea of what I want to accomplish while staying abroad. The idea now is to make this brainstorming list public, so that I can be held accountable to these goals.
-I need to develop some sort of daily routine (which should ideally include meditating, writing, reading, and some form of exercise). Because otherwise, there really is no structure or stability to my days.
-I also want to try to do at least one daring act every day.
-There are some things I’m trying to learn, like how to embrace the chaos of life. Not to toot my own horn, but I’m actually doing pretty well on this front.
-In terms of exercise, there are some very specific ones I want to start up again (though I don’t know how realistic these are while I’m traveling), including rock climbing and surfing.
-I also want to become a better storyteller.
-And I’d like to become a better dancer. Thanks to my latest host, Ernesto, I’m on my way to learning the California shuffle! (ironically taking the California shuffle back to California… from England)
Gosh, okay. There’s more on the list, but I’m out of time. I may add pictures to this post later.
What do you think? Do you have any ideas of how I should be spending my days? What would you be doing, given this amazing opportunity to travel around the world with no real schedule to speak of? I welcome any and all suggestions!