New Perspectives from My Summer Trip to Los Angeles
This trip to LA has brought up lessons I didn’t expect. I’m still digesting them but here’s what‘s come up so far:
1. My life in Toronto is pretty darn good. I have everything I need and more. I have access to a car which gets me to everywhere I could possibly want to go. I have near total freedom. This is a rare and huge gift.
2. I‘ve made a lot of progress improving my personal habits, productivity and creative output this year. I can be proud of how far I’ve come and excited about how much further I’d like to go.
3. My flaws are also my gifts. The parts where I am broken are God-imprints that form my destiny.
4. My desire to be a high-performing, high-functioning human being is not misguided. It is not wishful thinking. It is something that I actually can learn and grow into. It is a prerequisite to fulfilling my destiny in my lifetime.
5. Even though certain things have not turned out as I expected, it’s clear that God led me on this trip.
My future journey will be even better because of what I’ve learned here.
I am going to return with an even deeper appreciation for the life I have in Toronto. This is not what I expected. I expected to be inspired to travel more, but I am inspired to travel LESS. I am MORE excited to return home and sink further into the rhythm of work, creativity, self-nurturing and early mornings that I’ve been building since January.
I don’t mind. I knew that I would receive something from this trip that I wouldn’t receive if I didn’t go. Travels are always laced with a generous, reckless optimism. I know when I have to go ✈️, yet I can never know what exactly I’ll find on the other side. I just know that I’ll be better for it.