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Random Musings

I recently returned from a whirlwind 6 week adventure to the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Europe. While abroad I saw so many amazing places, things, people, ate delicious food, and found a million and one things that I wanted to buy. It truly was the best thing I've ever done. So many people told me I was crazy for going by myself which kind of pissed me off, honestly. 
At 31 years of age, I manage to get myself out of the house and around town without guidance or supervision of any kind. I'm hardly helpless. Yes, there is an added danger factor as a woman traveling alone but I credit myself with enough common sense to be able to avoid most of the obvious pitfalls. Besides, people get shot at the Walmart 2 miles from my house (which I do not set a toe inside.) Bad shit can happen anywhere. I do not regret a single day of my travels, even the REALLY shitty ones (and there were a few.)

Since my arrival back in the States, post vacation letdown has hit me pretty hard. As soon as I turned on my cell phone, I was flooded with various bullshit school/work voicemails and texts stressing me out with stupid stuff. As I continue to be stressed out with school/work study/home crap, I long to be back across the Atlantic. Or back home in Pennsylvania. 

I have always had an itchy wandering foot. I like to travel, to visit new places I've never been, to see things I've never seen before. I live in Florida but PA will always be home for me. Maryland runs a very close second. When I am home, I get a feeling that I can't really describe. Everything inside me gets quiet. All the doubts and worries and fears and annoyances just cease to exist. My head gets clear. I have an overwhelming feeling of peace. A feeling of belonging. Like I've been constantly wearing a corset and can now take a really deep breath again, all the way down to my toes. 

In Miranda Lambert's song 'The House That Built Me'
the lyrics say "I thought if I could touch this place or feel it / This brokenness inside me might start healing / Out here it's like I'm someone else / I thought that maybe I could find myself." That, for me, it the perfect description of what I feel when I go back home. 
This may be something most people can't relate to, I don't know. I see it with my mom, when we go back to PA, but also when we go to the beach. It recharges her somehow. I see her close her eyes, take a deep breath of the saltwater scented breeze, and when she opens them again it's like a weight has been lifted. 

While I was traveling, I fell in love. Sadly, it was not with Tom Hiddleston (who was tragically unavailable when I was in London, dammit!) as I had hoped it would be. Instead, I fell in love with Scotland. 

Head over heels in love. It was immediate. I felt a recognition. A connection. Like I had been there before. Add in all the gorgeous accents and rugged, brawny men, and I was in heaven =)
I know it will be a place I return to again and again. I can't wait to be back there. 

So this has me wondering, what are your feelings on this subject? Is there a special place you go that rejuvenates you? Or is it a book you read? Song you listen to? Movie or TV show you watch? Person you talk to? Something you do? 

Random Paris cafe food porn pic. Because YUM! 


jaymzangel said...

Link for the song on YouTube because my link disappeared & it's probably because of that stupid text background color I can't get to go away. BLERGH. You suck Blogger.

Lori Robinett said...

I know exactly what you mean, though for me it wasn't going home. It was going to Gulf Shores for the first time. I went with a friend and her mom. When I stood in the sand, looking out at the rolling waves, smelling the salt air and listening to the seagulls' screeching . . . it was as though tension simply melted away. It was amazing.

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