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4 am epiphany

Tonight, or, well, actually this morning, I had an epiphany. Okay, two. The first is that I’m living in a house of insomniacs. I came to that particularly astute conclusion after realizing that out of the six or so people living in my share house (still not sure I’ve met everyone after a month of living here), at least four were awake as of 3:44 this morning. 

The second, and far more pertinent epiphany was that I am uncomfortable writing nonfiction. I’ve been puzzling over my reluctance to add to this blog in written form for some time now. Why do I feel like I’m pulling teeth (my own) every time I sit down to write a post? Why do I, nine times out of ten, give up before I even get half a sentence down? Why does my written narration of my journey thus far feel so stilted and unnatural? It isn’t because I’m bored with the material. On the contrary! I love the path my life is headed down. It isn’t for lack of vocabulary.  There have been times (not in this blog, obviously) when my writing has been commended as extremely articulate. Ornate even, in its imagery. why then do I have such a tough time writing about something for which I clearly have a passion?

fear. It’s fear. Fear that I’m going to sound dumb as I wax poetical about the time I walked barefoot through the streets of Lisbon at 2 in the morning. Or how Granada seemed even more magical when a fine mist spread over the city like a blanket and made everything sparkle. Or how climbing to the top of a ruined, forgotten castle in the foothills of Abruzzi was one of the most spiritually rewarding hikes I’ve ever been on.

So here’s my New Year’s resolution. Face my fear and write what I feel even if I sound melodramatic and silly.  Because what I feel makes it real. At the end of the day, it’s what makes my adventures worth living. 

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Just keep movin…

Just keep moving forward and don’t give a shit about what anybody thinks. Do what you have to do, for you. ~Johnny Depp~

I was going to write a post on how it’s ok to be afraid of something big and scary like taking a multi-year RTW trip as long as the fear isn’t what stops you from doing it.

I was going to quote the incomparable Frank Herbert from his Dune series books/movies and tell you that “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

I was going to do all this and convince myself that I am such a cool nerd, because really, who else quotes Frank Herbert?

And then I read some old posts of Lucie on the Lam and realized that she has written the exact same post with the exact same quote. I bow to you Lucie, queen of the cool nerd girls.

So then I found this other quote and I thought “That’ll do pig, that’ll do” (see what I did there? Babe, anyone?).  This quote from the mysterious, dark, and oh so charming Johnny Depp is also extremely relevant to how I’m feeling and I’m going to try to feel this way more often.

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