Get ready because today is fueled by cliches and wonderful, wonderful billboard
nonsense. So, I've decided I need to bring a little travel into my
everyday life by any means possible. And, perhaps more
importantly, I have stopped telling people "happy Friday" because goddamn
y'all. . . Friday is one of SEVEN DAYS. I must carry this pre-Friday (it is
currently Thursday) glow through the whole week and not look like the Tales from the
Crypt man Monday morning simply because the weight of the week has the power to
completely rob my person of any signs of life aside from a screeching, bone-chilling
cackle and some tufts of white hair that flow in the wind when I step outside.
I have already written about how it's all about TUESDAY now.
But that is nothing and dumb. I hope you didn't read it.
Here are the specifics on how I am
magically turning traffic into a pina colada (a v good analogy)
and job-related anxiety into one of those coffin-like Japanese pods they call a hotel and
probably feel like dying but dying on a vacation so it's a fine compromise:
Since I greatly enjoy the pleasures of walking, seeing new things, and eating
delicious foods - this is traveling in a nutshell - it stands
to reason that I can improve my daily time-spent-not-mouth-breathing index by
walking new places and eating there! Today, for instance, I dropped my
boyfriend off at an event downtown and brought my writing to a rooftop bar to
have a beer and watch sunset. This is IT. It's 68 degrees outside,
the sky is perfectly clear, the trees are greening so green that everyone's
face is 'sploding with allergic sunbeams (or...sneeze juice reflecting light? all in how you
see it), and I feel the peace and
serenity of the grackle call wiggling through me and waddling in circles whilst
I fluff out my feathers in a dance of joy.
Start being more acceptingly adventurous about your commute.
Since I live about fifteen blocks from my workplace, I have the option of
walking, bussing, and riding my bike, all within a reasonable
time and price ($Free.fitty-free). I can also drive if I want to rent a Car2Go
or pay $17 to park in a garage for the day, but no because poor.
I recently walked home from a happy hour and I saw details in houses
and smelled so many gloriously pungent flowers that I teetered all the
way home smiling after only one alcohol. Riding my bike results in the
discovery of new muscles. They are, however, more of a discovery along
the lines of the Balrog in Moria, and perhaps are better left to dwindle
away into eternity undisturbed. Anyway - change! - it's actually a pretty damn
Eat with more of a vacation attitude.
Work work work and then hungry. And hungry for delicious things.
And I eat them in a nice spot. And enjoy the surroundings while eating them.
This is vacation eat. Do.
Look around you, not at your phone. If you're anywhere interesting
at all, just observe your surroundings. Think about who has been
there before and what they've looked like in the past. Who will be there
in the future and will you ever be back? Where do you think you'll be if
never in that place again? Do you like it? Zen wisdom says that's fine
because nothing is either good or bad, so it's totally cool either way.
I got distracted and pulled into an internet wormhole and now the
stars are all showing! This day is special. I also
got a free coffee this afternoon AND uhhh something else. drawing a blank.
Anyway, guys. GUYS. It's a great day. Also - don't get hit by a bus!
Play - go walking, running, biking, be outside, drive someplace
prettier and be outside there. Just do anything where you don't sit
still in one place like most adults because that's how you
double your death speed. Your cells are SO BORED that they seriously have no
choice but to double-down towards death. Trust me. I'm a doctor.*
Surround yourself with vacation memories. I work in a cube now and have brought in
twinkle lights to illuminate the cube-wall-sized tapestry I just had delivered
of a picture taken
of the rainforest while in Costa Rica. This will not only remind me of what a
spectacular life this is when we can jet all over the planet, but it will inspire
me to feel grateful that I ever went!
Play tourist and walk more in your city. See places you've never bothered
to go to yourself or try to look at street cafes a little closer. Walk
around the city aimlessly and then do what vacationers do best - eat. This
also sounds like an enormously effective way to avoid being productive.
Doctor advice, no doubt.
Plan a trip. No matter how long in the future, start planning.
Look for similarities to your own city and add to its charm. How can
travel impact your daily life in a way that adds novelty, at least
for a while? Feel the exciting anticipation of newness
that awaits you in the vast out-there. I got back from Costa Rica
and a couple days later was diligently googling what I have to look
forward to in Japan. The nice thing about Airbnb, too, is you see how
similarly people really live. I can't think of a modern society that
sounds more alien to me than Japanese culture, but looking into the
average homes on Airbnb is a weirdly connecting experience. And I am an
expert on traveling there now, so feel free to ask me for knowledge and
truth, sweet non-existent reader (except for you, mom! Hi!! OR should
I say, O-hi-ooooo!)
Start learning a language. Just do it. Get Duolingo and an hour
will pass in a flash. Then you won't be exactly fluent, but you'll be
able to say strange things in French, like "The
shark is eating the dolphin" and "The cat has a black dress". Based on
what I have learned, the French have a strong interest in animals and, so,
I love the French.
Annnnd that's all my advice. I've given you alllll of my good advice.
So, just remember we all die! We are all visiting this world on a temporary
visa. Why should we think of it as anything other than a vacation every day?
Keep it curious.