Being Away

Being away from what you’re used to is so incredibly healthy. I’d forgotten. You wouldn’t think it as we’re constantly traveling. We’re nearly always away from what is considered home. It doesn’t make sense that this feels different. But there’s something about being in Europe this time around that is making me whole again. I think it’s because this is where I spent so much time in my coming of age. And perhaps being immersed in the origin of Western civilization nearly twenty years later has allowed me some different perspective. I’d venture to guess the moratorium I’m taking on the news in the USA is helping a bit too. Aside from personal communication with friends and family, I couldn’t tell you what’s going on at home. Takes a deep breath of relief. I’ve forgotten about the dark cloud and tumult of politics that has been hanging over my head for so long. James and I were discussing this the other day, and he told me that I allow things to bother me too much. I think he might be right. But how do you turn off the emotion you feel when you know what’s right in your heart? I don’t know if I can do that completely, but being away certainly helps. We boast of our freedoms in the United States, but as my Uncle said to me in Las Vegas just before we left–“look at the price we’re paying for our supposed freedoms.”

I’m not so sure where these thoughts are going other than to say that being away is the best thing that could have happened to us at present. It feels good to get yourself back and to feel free again. We’ve been snapping photos with our “real” camera. Neither of us would call ourselves photographers, but it is fun to have a play around and look at the world through a creative lens. Enjoy the photos!