Home, and a Few Other Places

While I usually try to focus on one topic in these posts, this one will instead be broken out into smaller sections—little snippets, findings if you will, that I’ve unearthed along the way. Because that’s the way it has come to me. In snapshots. In little pockets of clarity.

In other words, this post is a bit of a mosaic, because that’s the way travel seems to work. That’s the way growing and learning seem to work. Piecemeal collections of moments and ideas and ponderings that you stitch together along the way. 

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7 Life Lessons I Learned from Doing an Ironman

2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run. It goes without saying that an Ironman is not for the faint of heart. But in spite of the daunting numbers, I decided to give it a shot anyways. After eight months and roughly 500 hours of training, over 300,000 yards of swimming, almost 4,000 miles of biking, and over 1,000 miles of running, it goes without saying that I had a lot of time to think. And while in the process I learned a lot about myself physically, I also took away some valuable life lessons, as well. Here are the top nuggets of wisdom I took away from the months leading up to the race.

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Why I Travel: A Few Thoughts on Recent World Events (or, Love from Andalucia)

Last weekend, a few friends and I traveled to the south of Spain where five days were spent falling in love with the city of Seville and then Córdoba. Both cities are located in Andalucia, a region just north of Africa, giving it a heavy Moroccan influence in the local art, food, and architecture. Needless to say, the place is a beautiful hodge-podge of culture that gives it a certain life and energy unlike any other in Europe. 

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Calling All Multipotentialites: Why the “What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up” Question Is Nonsense

I came across this TED Talk via Facebook with the caption “Why some of us don’t have one true calling” above the link. It piqued my curiosity, considering I’m someone who has struggled (and still does) with the whole “What do you want to be when you grow up?” question. Some people are blessed with the beautiful peace of mind at a young age of knowing exactly what they want to be when they grow up. Whether it is a teacher, a doctor, a firefighter, these individuals know precisely what they are passionate about and the steps that they need to take in order to get to their end destination.

Other people, like myself, have a more “colorful” path. Rather than finding ourselves on just one track, we find ourselves on multiple, sometimes at the same time. We are the kind of people who are attracted to many activities and have multiple interests and don’t want to settle on just one. 

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