Last weekend, I went on an adventure to Seattle, WA. “Why Seattle?” Is the first question everyone has asked me.
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.
Another example of allowing the wind to carry me happened when I missed my stop for the Botanic Gardens. Yep, we whizzed right past it, which would’ve been fine, except that the next stop didn’t come for another 20 minutes and took me sheer across Puget Sound! I could’ve easily chosen to panic, or just get mad for having missed where I was supposed to go. But, being in the “allowing” mindset, I chose to make the most of it. I ended up in Kirkland, a crisp and clean town which had a lovely park that I sat and chilled at. The view was incredible and I could pick out the grey shadows of Seattle’s most famous buildings. I had been running around a lot prior to Kirkland, and this gave me a chance to catch my breath and relax.
We might feel most comfortable and secure when sticking to a schedule with a clear plan and specific times. But the truth is, we can plan all we want and still not have control over what happens. I’m going to make sure I take more time to act in line with this truth like I did in Seattle, because I found it fulfilling, freeing, and fun.
Thanks for reading.
Ethan Small has been posting to Friendly Warrior since 2013 with his experiences and wisdom to inspire others to improve their quality of life.
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