We met some friends for breakfast a few days ago. Good friends that we have traveled with in the past, and hope to again in the future. We talked about numerous subjects such as the Thanksgiving just past, kids, football, etc. Soon the conversation moved to travel and where we all might go together. As I outlined our plans for the next three months, our friend just smiled and said she had a story for me.
She said that she was reading a very good book, titled “Life is a Trip”. Authored by the travel writer, Judith Fein. She went on to say that in the foreword of the book, Judith writes that she “lived to leave”. She said that when she read those three words, she immediately thought of me.
I told her that I took that as a compliment, and we joked about it for a minute or so, then moved on to other things.
Since that time, I’ve thought a lot about the phrase, “I live to leave”. Is that a negative or positive thing? Am I to be considered impaired in some way, just because I would rather be someplace else? Someplace else being somewhere I’ve never been before, or even someplace I’m very familiar with and like to return to on occasion.
What makes me live to leave? Was it all the books I read as a child, of places near and far, that lit the fire? Is it the same wanderlust that the pioneers of days past were driven by? Is it a love of history, and wanting to see and experience just a tiny bit of what might be left there? I don’t know, but all those and much more must play a part.
I do know that the statement fits me. If I don’t have plans to leave, I am miserable. Those plans can be a day, week, or month away, but there must be plans. Without them, things are chaotic at our house. Even when we’re on the road, I’m planning to leave, to experience what’s “over there”.
Thankfully, I have a spouse that understands, somewhat. She has become accustomed to my quest for something. Something that isn’t wherever I happen to be. Will I ever find it? Probably not, at least in this life.
But, I will keep looking. As long as I’m able, and Wanda agrees, we’ll have “plans to leave”….jc