“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese
Last week I was in Italy. It was extraordinary. To say it was like being in a movie would be some kind of cliche, for sure-- but hey, there were a lot of moments in each of every day that felt like I was in a movie-- so there you go.
There were also moments when I felt totally off my game. The food is different, the pace is different and oh yeah-- the language is different. My wee brain was running around on toddler legs trying to take it all in.
At one point Jen sent me an email with the quote I share above. It felt perfect in that moment. Perfetto.
And I thought of all of you as you make plans to head to squam-- whatever session you may be attending-- and how fabulous it is to change up the scenery, to connect with people you never get to see otherwise, to step out of our day-to-day lives.
And yet, it is also a lot to process, to integrate back into our lives.
Right now, it's pretty clear I can no longer put off some key initiatives such as groceries (seeing as coffee and toilet paper have made it up to the top of that particular list) and yet, I want so much to luxuriate in the memories of that magical adventure.
I want to hold the slower rhythms of that part of the world, the air and smells of that land-- and swim in a bit of reverie.
Alas-- that is also a truth of travel-- there is only the one moment. So soak it in, breathe as deeply into it as possible-- because it is indeed, fleeting.
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