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"Power lines, my travlin' partner on this ride. Dripping, pulling - up and down, in this sing song, their lullaby blends with the swaying train. I curl myself into this journey; folding myself up into this pocket of time. Old familiars greet me - that swing set in the back yard, the ruins of an old church covered in new birth and old - mixed with unremembered newness." Journal Entry, October 13, 2005~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~All words are copyrighted by GoGo on a Page/gogoroku.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Living the Elements:

I’m back from the road trip and at my job tonight. I had gotten back into town just in time to sleep before coming in to work tonight. It was a nice trip. I met many interesting people along the way, and scored a sweet hat at a hat shop near Howard University while in DC. I’ll be posting pictures from the trip, including the "nice" hat in the near future.
I’m glad to be home and eager to delve into my routine again. Road trips have a way of bringing out the appreciation for my bed, home, and stable ground. Not that I don’t love to be on the road, but home is eventually missed.

I have stories to tell and of course internal contemplations to share soon. I realized on this trip that I no longer am in a place where I can push myself driving all day and night to make it to a "show" to sell CDs on time. I have come to understand and appreciate a regulated sleeping schedule that allows me to sleep 8 hours a day. Once, I could spend all day driving to a show, then sell product, pack up and head out to a hotel somewhere. At the hotel I would count my inventory and sales before doing the nightly self-care routine then bed. This would keep me up until 3 am, only to wake up between 6-8 am to do it again. I don’t want to do this anymore. I mean stay up late and get up early. In my youth, I could just spend one day power sleeping to get my energy back, but again, I don’t want to do this anymore.

This road trip was great and am very glad I did it, but what I appreciate most is the closure it brought me. There was an era in my life where I traveled the U.S. selling music at concerts between working my "real" job at the music company. It was a good era, complete with fun, laughter, and experience. I have appreciated the experience, but am glad I have moved into a new space in my life. I am just as eager now to come to a post-school life where I can embrace a more routine life.

Sounds boring doesn’t it? To me, it really isn’t. I think I would be bored if I never took the opportunity to live outside my elements, but having done this, I appreciate my comfort zone as that...a zone. Traveling has also helped me to appreciate the fact that when I move to London, with a little prep work, I should be able to live in a completely new place while maintaining a routine I can appreciate. Not too regimented, not too loose. This road trip has helped me to see the prep work I need to do to make this happen.

Yep, that's about it.

Once I was a late night girl
sleeping in late or waking
to the alarm clock of a work day

Now, I'm a early girl,
who loves to get up just after dawn
to slip into my day.


Blogger paris parfait said...

I'm glad to see that sentence, "Traveling has helped me appreciate the fact that WHEN I MOVE TO LONDON...." You're making it happen; you really are. And I'm so pleased for you! Glad you're back safe and sound. Hope the shoulder is better!

6:46 PM, May 27, 2006  

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