I have said before that this blog has been my happy place for the last several years. I love travel, history, and wine, and I love sharing my adventures with all of you. Yet they say change is the one constant, and that holds true in my own life too.
As a result of recent life changes, I have been doing a lot of self-reflection, and a lot of way-finding. As this directional adjustment is going to include travel, and likely quite a bit of wine, it only makes sense to me that I include you on my journey here. It is guaranteed to be a lot bumpier and more raw than some of my other journeys, but the rest is basically unknown territory.
As is to be expected, I have felt a bit lost after my divorce. I know a lot of people do. My divorce wasn’t easy or amicable and I found that the man I thought I had married wasn’t at all the man I had thought he was. I don’t want to dwell on this or relive it, but it certainly contributed to my feelings of loss recently, as have some other events. They have damaged my ability to trust, and I am still healing. It’s pretty amazing how a few people and their actions can make you question your self-worth so thoroughly, even when you are a confident, intelligent, capable person.
As one of my employees is fond of saying, “What fresh fuckery is this?” I feel like I have experienced more than my fair share of fuckery lately, and I need to let it go. There are a whole lot of circus animals out there that just aren’t mine to care about anymore… And therein lies the title of this post…
Often though, in the face of adversity, there is opportunity. I have decided to do something huge, just for me; I am quitting my job to travel the U.S. for a few months. Just me and my car, whom I have named Viaje. I need to find myself again.
I never thought that I would be a person who would just hit the road without much of an itinerary or a timeline; that world is for hippier, more free-spirited people than me. But I think something more extreme is what I need to get out of the rut I find myself stuck in. I need to figure out again that I am strong and capable, and that I am enough. I need to relearn that there is purpose in this life. I need to know that there are kind people in this world, even if I know I will run into some unkind ones too. Hopefully the kind ones will outnumber the jerks. I need to figure out how to make it alone. I need to see and feel peace again. I need to heal.
I am on a budget, unless one of you wants to be my anonymous benefactor, so I’ll be doing it with a combination of car camping and couch-surfing, with perhaps the occasional hotel night thrown in if I am really itching for a good, hot shower and some TV (I can’t let that happen too often though – darned budget). If any friends and family, both well-known and little known, are interested in sharing some time, or inviting me for a brief stay to connect or reconnect and find some laughter and human connection, I would welcome that!
I won’t be going everywhere, but if you would like to get together, and/or are willing to put up with me for a night or two (or more, but that would be completely up to you and my itinerary), let me know here and we’ll see if I will be in your area.
The next few months of blog posts are likely to deal more with my emotional experience than I have revealed here in the past, but I decided that my process of healing needs to include that level of openness. Maybe someone else can benefit from my trials. Other antics may include freezing my butt off, sweating to death, not being able to get the camp stove working, singeing my hair in a campfire, spraying bug spray in my eye, turning into one giant, itchy mosquito welt (they love me) and being bitten by (hopefully not) ticks. The trip is also bound to include some gorgeous sunsets, great hikes, fantastic historical sites, and wine consumed from either a mug or a melamine cup… There might even be smores!
They say what doesn’t kill you…??? To that end, I will still be posting here, and as I still have a ton of previous trip stuff to catch up on (including a trip to London that I arrived home from early this morning!!!), this blog will be a combination of past and present posts. I will likely be posting less frequently though, as I will have to find a place for the night each night… Priorities… You will be more likely to find current updates on Instagram or Twitter (my username on both platforms is @wineandhistory), so I hope you will follow along there as well.
Me on top of the London Tower Bridge
Me on top of London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral
Me in London’s St. James’s Park
Me, Taryn, Brent and Brandon, on the Prime Meridian in Greenwich
I hope you will follow along on this crazy adventure of mine!