It’s been two full days since I’ve been home.
Back inside four walls with multiple rooms including a kitchen with a refrigerator and running water and a bathroom with a shower and a mirror.
These are things I had begun to comfortably live without over the last six weeks.
Coming back to these old familiar things, back to my home, back to busy city streets and back to a place where I can order, eat and drink what I want, shower when I want etc… has been an experience that I am slowly easing into.
There are so many things that I am catching myself doing differently since I have been home, and I want to share them with you. One thing that being gone, being in the wilderness and in these remote places has taught me is a new level of self awareness that I can’t even quite explain yet.
I am more present and I am more aware.
Aware of how I use things, read things, interpret things, say things and do things.
Although I have and continue to grow into a more minimalist type person, one thing that I am now very aware of is my use of what I now consider luxuries. Like water, lights, utensils, food and even cell phone service.
I am using less things. Consuming less things. Wasting less things.
When I am in a place or with people, my eyes are up. My face isn’t buried in my phone. I am having more conversations and more engaged with people than I think I’ve been in a very long time. I believe that people notice this and appreciate this. Like today, while in line at the grocery store, all of the line in front of me and behind me had their eyes downcast and glued to their phone. Me, I greeted the cashier with my eyes up and it wasn’t your usual “hi, how are you, thank you” passing conversation. I wonder how many of these she gets to have during her workday.
I now realize that I could go on and on and on about how my time on the road has changed me, and it’s only been a few days. There is still so much I’ve yet to experience and come to terms with, but if there is one thing that I am certain of it is that the road is a place that teaches you, and if we really want it to, it can help to change us in all of the aspects of our lives if we let it.