I've read some books in my day. A lot of books, actually. And frequently I have read books that make me crazy - about traveling, about changing my life, about setting goals and about reading more books.
The latest book to give me a proverbial kick in the butt?
The Kindness Diaries by Leon Logothetis
Take it as confirmation for how amazing this book is that I literally read it in less than a day. I won't spoil the story for you but basically the author sets out on a journey across the world fully funded on kindness.
It got me thinking about a conversation I had a few weeks ago. I was sitting at one of my favorite places in St. Louis like every Sunday. A friend joined me and asked me how long I normally stayed at this spot during my normal Sunday shenanigans and I think my answer was something like "until I get bored or until someone talks to me." Although I said it with a humorous tone, I realized I actually meant it. On a normal day, I go about my business and don't want to talk to people I don't know or be bothered.
But this backpacking trip and move to Prague is as much about the places as it is about the people. So why the difference?
Here, at home, I'm focused on going to work, getting the job done, running errands - all in the quickest time possible - running from one place to the next. But when I'm traveling, meeting people and enjoying the places IS the job. There's an exciting anticipation for who I'll meet along the way and what stories they'll have to tell or what I'll learn from them.
Trying to keep this "travel mindset" while at home seems like a worthwhile new goal.