Tuesday, June 7, 2011

If We Live Truly, We Will See Truly

If we live truly, we shall see truly. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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?

posed by Chris Guillebeau
It's interesting to me, this prompt, gentle readers. Because I don't read the quote "If we live truly, we shall see truly" as having to do with looking outside one's own environment. I don't see it ias a question of going somewhere to find one's true self.

It's great to travel the world. It's amazing to go to a foreign country and see things you never thought you would. To see the differences that make people the same. I have friends who have packed their lives into storage and taken off for Africa and those who have gone diving with sharks. I have friends who have moved to be closer to their parents, a place they never thought they'd move back to, to keep the strong family bond as their children grow. I have friends who have been to every continent except Antarctica (but that's on their bucket list). I have friends who have never left the United States.

For me, I have long loved Japanese culture, and I've dreamed of going there since I was in my teens. I've had promises of trips there whispered to me and I've dreamed of scheming a way to go. The cost, however, has always been prohibitive. I would still love to go, though. While I'm young(ish) would be preferable, but if it's when I"m older, that's the way of life,

I've been lucky enough to travel to London - when I was a walking wiki on all things 90s Brit pop, Norther soul and British invasion; to Paris, in the springtime (though solo, on a business trip, it's less romantic); to Bogota, where I hope to get back to again in the very near future. To Mexico and Canada, too. I'd like to go to Nova Scotia, maybe, to where my family came from. This is something my mother always wanted to do with her mother, but they never got the chance. It's humbling, I think, to go to the place where your family has so much history, to trace headstones with crayon to onion skin paper.

But, for myself, to live truly and see truly, the place I truly want to go is the place that my next adventure takes me. To the place where Boyfriend and I will settle and raise a family. To the place where we will call home as children grow and as we continue to grow. This is what I want most in life, right now, to find the place that we will settle and call home. And I'm not worried about the steps it will take, or that I will have to go through, to make that happen. I just know that it will.

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