Sunday, December 7, 2014

Breaking Limitations

Budapest - A view of Pest from Buda

This year I have been especially blessed, lucky, thrilled to be able to fulfill a life-long dream of going to Europe, twice! And in December I will be going to New York City for only the second time in my life. All in one year! I had finally given up on ever traveling, but it seems that it is true that, “Good things come to she who waits.”

Iron gate at the castle

My elder daughter is not one who waits. She has tramped through many cities around the world. She’s adventurous, curious, and unafraid; she loves exploring; she loves meeting new people; she picks up languages as easily as picking up loose change dropped on the ground. I envy her ability to be at home anywhere. She just dives right in.

Budapest - Mathias Cathedral

On the other hand, I am more cautious, timid, a toe-in-the-water kind of person. Like Kerry Keyes from Lickety-Split, over on, I have a map in my pocket so I can find my way around my neighborhood. I longed to be able to travel to distant and wonderful places, but found it too intimidating to do on my own. So when opportunities came up this year (two of them through my daughter), I was thrilled to finally be able to get into the pool (as in “come on in, the water’s fine!”).

Now that I've done it, such travel seems less intimidating, more possible for me. This year really has provided opportunities for me to break out of my limitations, and opportunities for becoming the person I’d like to be. 

Invitations to travel are like dancing lessons from God. 
(I think this is a quote from Kurt Vonnegut, but can't find it anywhere. Does anyone know?)


  1. Isn't it wonderful - as full grown adult - to find joy and pleasure in things totally foreign and new to you. I don't think we ever have to stop growing and expanding our horizons.

  2. "Cat's Cradle" by Kurt Vonnegut, 1963: "Peculiar Travel Suggestions are Dancing Lessons From God"