Monday, January 11th, 2016
THOUGHTS ON THE EVE OF TRAVEL
In the midst of packing for Mexico, my college friend sent this message as she packed for vacation. Sums it all up. Where’s my passport anyway?
intermission prompt: your term, ambivalence.
the ambivalence of travel.
on one hand, the ease of being at home.
home requires no serious effort.
home is the luxury and sloth of familiarity.
home accommodates individuality, inconsistency.
home is laissez faire and carte blanche.
home is autonomy, solely what i choose to do or not do.
home is a bottomless suitcase.
travel is exactly the opposite.
travel’s draw is the greener grass on the other side of the fence:
intentionally uprooting oneself,
down-sizing things in order to expand perspective and
choosing to disrupt habits, uproot and transplant self to provoke dynamism.
ambivalence: the state of contradictory feelings.
the perfect term to describe the duality and paradox of human nature.”