Indie 30, Day 2 – Change

Indie 30, Day 2 – Change

Bootsnall prompt: Change can be exciting and bring new joys into our lives. But it can present challenges that frustrate or annoy us. How has travel changed you in the last year? Did you welcome these changes or resist them at the time, and how do you feel about them now?

Change is a strange thing. Sometimes it happens quickly and dramatically. Other times it is nearly imperceptible. Often, we can’t process it until quite some time after the changes have occurred.

In thinking about the traveling I’ve done this year, I’m not sure how much it has changed me yet. I’ve been to the Hudson Valley to visit family, to Ohio to visit my boyfriend’s friends and family, to see my best friend in eastern Pennsylvania, and back to my alma mater for a refreshing alum retreat. The big trip this year was Ireland, which was amazing. I know all of these trips have changed me in some way, but it is difficult to say how.

I thrive on change. New challenges are my best friend. Especially when they take the form of new places.

So maybe its not travel that has changed me this past year, but not traveling.

If you’re thinking: but you went to Ireland! You went to Ohio and New York several times. You traveled.

That’s true. But I’ve stayed still a lot more than usual.

I grew up to be a traveler. I lived my earliest years being shuffled by my parents from apartment to house in Florida and New York. When I wouldn’t fall asleep as a baby, they’d strap me into my car seat and drive around the block until I fell asleep. My parents settled down while my brother and I were in school, but I never lost my ability to sleep in a car (or train or airplane) and when school was out for the summer, we traveled.

My Mom used to keep a calendar on the side of the refrigerator. During the school year, it was marked with things like band concerts, play rehearsals, and science club meetings. But in the summer, it was marked up with all the destinations we’d be exploring.

My parents own a business and work from home. Their flexible schedules allowed us to take lots of small trips during the summer. We’d usually be home for the weekends because of the nature of their business, but weekdays were for travel.

We went to Maine every summer and laid on the beach and at fried clams. Sometimes we’d take this trip twice. We stayed in a cottage in Moose Alley in New Hampshire. We walked and ate our way through New York City. On weeks we didn’t have a trip planned, we would take long drives in the Adirondacks (where we lived).

But this year, I’ve mostly stayed put. I didn’t take a single trip in June, July, or August (which is probably a first). I can’t say I’ve willingly embraced this change, but I can say I’m growing to like standing still (but that might only be because I know I’m off to Europe in a matter of months).

Because I didn’t travel over the summer, I got to tend a garden for the first time. Alongside friends in a community garden, I planted swiss chard, weeded, learned to identify and cook with purslane, and harvested tomatoes. I got to play in the dirt, be near the Earth, and solidify a relationship with a great friend. I loved digging up the potatoes, especially when I uncovered a treasure trove of purple potatoes.

My boyfriend and I got a kitten. She’s awesome.

My boyfriend has also taken up the cause of my pop culture education and we’ve been watching lots of movies that he is appalled I haven’t seen – everything from Pan’s Labyrinth to Grumpy Old Men. He’s also got me hooked on Star Trek: Voyager.

My most recent project is crocheting an afghan. I’ve finished knitting some scarves that I started years ago and that was fun. But I’m really loving this afghan project. My mom taught me to crochet last time I saw her and since I started my afghan I haven’t been able to put it down.

So maybe I didn’t come willingly to this change, but looking back at it, it’s actually pretty cool.

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