Travel allows us to puncture our self-centered bubble, to embrace the unknown, to encounter new possibilities, to enlarge our vision and recalibrate our goals.
Beyond mere sightseeing, however, lurks a deep-seated need to engage our descriptive powers, to record and document and assemble a portfolio of memories. To encapsulate what we have experienced in a snapshot or a drawing, a video or piece of music.
No matter the medium or how meager our attempt, creation is an act of defiance, the giving of the middle finger to chaos & entropy. Even a simple journal entry is a bulwark against dissolution.
The urge to create is not a frivolous after-dinner indulgence but a form of communication so important that our ancestors invented art even before they had a written language. Artistic creation is vital to our sense of self, to our understanding of who we are – both individually & collectively – and especially important after a pandemic year of disruption and disorientation.
Want to reclaim your lost humanity? Explore the great outdoors with a creative mindset.
And when you return from a fresh encounter cleansed and re-invigorated, share your story. Tell it, show it, write it, tweet it, post it. Every voice no matter how small adds another cubit to the ongoing human narrative.
You’ll never feel more alive than when you lose yourself in wonder.