Travel: life's most potent methapor

Some life metaphors can be deeply meaningful and can hold great relevance in relation to the deeper, genuine meaning of every individual human life. These are the metaphors that are alive, that we can tangibly create and experience, that we will remember until our very last breath. 

There is one specifically that comes to mind:

Travel. 

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Thank you, Donald Trump

It’s probably been awhile since someone told Donald Trump thank you for anything. He makes himself a difficult man to appreciate, but the recent outbreak of feminist ideals and support of female equality in light of Trump’s display of astounding misogyny has actually been invigorating. Who would have thought that the embarrassingly unintelligent words of a such a crude, bigoted prick could arouse such passion for something that actually matters? For this, I want to tell Donald Trump one thing: thank you.

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The years I spent making God laugh

It's my belief that a lot of the life plans we make are a part of our conditioning. We are supposed to follow some version x, y, z path following our high school graduation. We are supposed to, by the time we've reached a certain age, have a comfortable high five-figure or six-figure job with stock options and health insurance. We are supposed to put our expensive college degree to good use even it means slaving through uninspired office work day after day. We are supposed to aim for the next promotion, the next bonus and the next slightly larger paycheck that will tell us we are doing everything right. Aren't we?

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Stopping to smell the roses in South America

We don't have to rush through life. We spend so much time figuring out how we are going to get from one place to the next (physically or in a more metaphorical sense). And sometimes we get there, so stressed and exhausted from the hurried journey, that we either a) miss the desired destination in the first place or b) can't enjoy it once we arrive. If we aren't careful, each step becomes nothing more than a check box on the life to-do list before it's on to the next thing. Sometimes this is ok...we all come to this life with an intention and a goal we want to accomplish. What we don't come to Earth with is the anxiety we all suffer from feeling that we have to accomplish it right away. 

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For lack of a better cliche...in a place far from it

Eastern Europe was a reminder to me of the richness and fulfillment life can bring when we are open to spontaneity and wandering excitedly into the unknown. For lack of a better cliche, sometimes the best things in life really are unplanned...like John Lennon once sang, "life is what happens while you're busy making other plans."

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