Today’s self-awareness prompt is brought to us by Chris Guillebeau.
Not everyone wants to travel the world, but most people can identify at least one place in the world they’d like to visit before they die. Where is that place for you, and what will you do to make sure you get there?
If we live truly, we shall see truly. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
This one is an easy write.
I never had an urge to travel the world. Never cared much about “getting away from it all”. In fact I lived in downtown Toronto for years and didn’t even take weekend trips – what for the city held all kinds of interesting surprises and escapes any time I desired one. It wasn’t until a week before my wedding that I even considered taking a honeymoon.
To me, travel meant sun, sand, thrill rides and catching up on sleep.
But then came an incredibly long season. Some hurtful events took place and I felt the need to run away from this place. To forget them and the pain they caused. The opportunity arose to leave for a month with my daughter (just 12 at the time) and see Europe.
We went 12 places or more on a trip that began in Puerto Rico and ended in Rome. We saw sand and sun, culture, architecture, and more. Towards the end of the journey we relaxed in a little Tuscan town in Italy called Lucca. I have actually written about it on this very website.
So to Lucca, if I travel again, I will go. Ideally I will take two months. I will rent an apartment there or I will stay in one of the pensionnes (hostels) as they are clean, safe, and cheap.
Within those two months I will take a side trip. I will walk the Cinque Terre – on both the easy and the difficult path. I will do so without a schedule or a plan. And when my soul has settled I will return – either to Lucca or home here to Canada.
I have been thinking of this for the past few weeks already. The house is for sale and I mentioned to my daughter that once it sells I would like to return to Italy for a reprieve before I move on with the next phase of life. I guess then, that’s what I’m doing to ensure it happens.
Determining the source of funds and preparing your family for your departure. What else is there? There is shape – and getting back into it – before taking off on a walking trip in the Cinque Terre. That must be the purpose of this prompt – to remind me to get off my computer and start walking more.
If you haven’t been following along (and I don’t for a moment suspect you have), these prompts or questions are part of the #Trust30 writing challenge created through The Domino Project (aka Seth Godin). More information on the challenge can be found at http://www.ralphwaldoemerson.me.
This particular prompt has me wondering more about the project than the topic. Why was that Emerson quote chosen for this prompt? (The other pairings seemed to make logical sense but this one seems as though it may have something more hidden behind it.) What does that ‘one last place to see before we die’ have to do with living truly? Is the quote something that the prompter has been working on personally when called and has little to do with those on the challenge? Or is there something more here that I’m missing…