Where are you from? I’m from Indiana.
Today I return to Indianapolis. I return with a new appreciation for my home town. A town that I previously hadn’t embraced to the degree that I do today.
Time is a funny thing to attempt to perceive, and to be mindful of its passing. ‘It seems like just yesterday…’ is the most cliché of cliché lines to use in a moment like this, but you know what…it’s so true.
Silently meditating with Buddhist monks at a forest monastery… swimming in Walden Pond… camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains… visiting the Canadian side of Niagara Falls… driving through the Green Mountains of Vermont, New Hampshire and visiting 21 states in six weeks… this has been a great sampler of things to come for me.
The trip itself has had it’s ups and downs. Moments of great triumphs, intersected with moments of introspective doubt and questioning.
I didn’t know if I could pull this trip off, and there were legitimate moments where I thought to myself, ‘what the hell have I gotten myself into?’. I like to think that this blog as a public declaration of my intent for this trip helped keep me focused on the overall spirit of this leg of my journey in life. It’s kind of hard to pack up you ball and head home half way through a trip, especially after you’ve quit your day job and then told all of your friends and family what you’re attempting to do.
At this point, my six week trip the “James and the Giant Road Trip” project has reached it’s initial conclusion. Or at least its inspirational leg is over. I’ve already started the process of dreaming up and planning the next adventure. More on that in the coming weeks.
Over the next few weeks I’ll post a series of reflective posts providing some personal ‘how to’ tips and ‘behind the scenes’ guides to travel on the road camping out of a hatchback sudan car. The internet has a wealth of information on this type of stuff already, but I’ll add my little piece of the puzzle to the ever growing online collage of information on the topic
It wasn’t the ideal vehicle of choice, but it’s what I had readily available, and I made it work successfully for my needs.
For the time being though, I’m going home today. I’m going to go see my family in Indianapolis. I’m going to enjoy a little time back enjoying the every day things that were always around me that I might not have appreciated as much before.
And whenever people ask me where I’m from, I’ll happily tell them ‘I’m from Indiana’. Where are you from?