In general conversation, I’ve been saying “for no particular reason” - which isn’t true (a little white lie never hurt nobody). I went to Seattle in order to explore a city I’ve never laid eyes on before...to allow the wind to carry me from restaurants to parks to museums - filling my senses with both fresh and familiar experiences of a US city.
The trip was a success. I felt fulfilled from exercising my spontaneity. Traveling, I’ve discovered, is an excellent way to ignite my senses and open my mind.
So, how do you allow the wind to take you places?
I had specific places I wanted to see, and food I wanted to taste. But, I intentionally adopted a mindset where I was not attached to these wants. In other words, if I didn’t end up where I originally wanted, that was OK. I told myself that, so that’s the way it was.
Before leaving, I mapped out my “Top 20” destinations, including tourist attractions, remote parks, and highly-rated restaurants. When I arrived, I immediately hopped on a bus towards downtown. I knew the Space Needle was over there, plus some other hot spots on my list. While climbing on the bus, I noticed an ad for the art museum featuring a current display that looked fascinating. “Next stop: Seattle Art Museum” - even though I had the Needle in mind, I pulled the yellow cord and jumped off. Boy, was I glad I did. The exhibit was awesome. It featured beautiful, bright portraits of black women and men assuming the places of white historical figures. One of the most impressive pieces showcased the King of Pop upon Napoleon Bonaparte’s horse.
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