During the end of May I went on a week long trip to Austin, Texas. I have been amazed by how much the week away impacted my life.
Today I am starting a blog post series all about my Austin vacation and the many ways it caused me to grow, reflect, celebrate life, rest, and become re-energized. I hope you enjoy reading about my travel adventure. Along the way I plan to ask a question at the end of each post and would absolutely enjoy hearing some of your answers!
The city lights sparkled brightly. There was a golden snake of traffic that seemed to ever slither on the highway. The view from the 20th floor of the Hilton captivated me in the mornings and in the evenings. My eyes were ever drawn to the city and the world below that I could observe from the comfort of my chair. I spent many hours there with a book or my journal.
I liked to watch the city wake in the morning. It began to move slowly as the sun brought in the new day. I also liked to observe the movement of the city throughout the day and the way it came awake in a new way at night. Apart from quieter moments in the early morning, the city seemed to be in an almost constant state of motion.
I was mesmerized by my view of the city, but the city also taught me lessons beyond the walls of my hotel room. It caused me to step outside of my comfort zone. It taught me to be a little adventurous.
Little by little, I learned to navigate parts of the city. I took time to walk many miles between conference sessions and my scholarship award dinner. One time I accidentally walked into one of the less safe parts of down town, but thankfully I listened to the inner prompting to turn around. I spent hours in Book People browsing their shelves and wandered around the streets people watching. I learned to safely navigate street interactions and to walk with the rhythm of the city. With each adventurous stroll I took, I realized that I was learning to explore the city all on my own. There was no one there beside me to lean on and there was no one else to speak with as I took one step after another. It was just me.
The city taught me to be a little more adventurous. It taught me that I am okay stepping out on my own. It reminded me that one day I hope I will have a partner to explore the world with, but it also taught me that my "someday" hopes do not mean that I am not able to go on adventures alone. I am so thankful that I stepped outside of my comfort zone and explored a little part of Austin alone.
It is a rather grand adventure learning to navigate parts of a new city, but it is also an incredible opportunity to grow.
Have you ever explored a new city? Did it teach you any lessons?