The more I travel, the more I’ve come to realize that the balance between big city and wilderness is vital to my sanity. For most of my life, I was convinced that I was a big city girl, always running back to NYC every chance I got, but recently, I’ve been leaning more in the other direction.
At the end of the day, however, too much time in one setting leaves me feeling antsy for the other.
The serenity, peace, and quiet of the mountains can really calm my mind to a point of thinking clearly again. Floating along into the unknown, the endless ocean waves carry my stresses away, and I can drift into nostalgia, replaying my most cherished memories in my head. Something about nature reminds me of simpler times and the basics we need to survive.
On the other hand, the hustle of a huge, metropolitan city is a reality check for me, in a way. Shuffling through crowds of people moving swiftly in different directions to tend to various aspects of their lives keeps me on my toes. Chit chat among good friends in our favorite dive restaurant tucked away in a small crevice of the city is my urban paradise. The constant movement of a big city is the push I need to keep my dreams in motion, working every day towards making it a reality.
Growing up in the Midwest USA, the varying topography was minimal so I wasn’t often exposed to either end of the landscape spectrum, but the drastic changes in seasons made up for it. After spending a weekend in the mountains of Keystone, Colorado back in June 2012, I recognized the importance of letting the wild child in me out to play in the woods every now and again.
Bouncing back and forth between those two different worlds creates a strange kind of harmony and sparks my creativity in vastly new and exciting ways. In the bigger picture of travel, my ideas, visions, and dreams go a bit stale without the occasional location change.
Major metropolitans and Mother Nature are two foundations for creating equilibrium in my life. Too much of one thing throws my energies out of balance. Everything in moderation.
So here I stand contently torn between skyscrapers and sand.