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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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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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"Artsploration"

Art is the perfect metaphor for life. It's subjective, messy, beautiful and experimental all at the same time. Sometimes it's successful. Sometimes it requires revision. But the beautiful thing about it, is that the act of creation is ongoing, available to anyone who wants to explore. Life, like art, can be created in whatever way we want to create it, can mean whatever we want it to mean, and be whatever we want it to be. Time and time again artists, and those who take the time to appreciate them, show that there is always a place for those looking to create--and live--authentically and without boundaries. 

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Midday in Paris

 It's a strange thing, the realization that you're human. Not the conceptual realization that you're existing on Earth with a job and to-do list with billions of others. The REAL realization, of the absolute lunacy yet simultaneously profound perfection that is the human experience...

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