This post is about beginnings, of my journey as a traveler and writer. Essentially my travel has been a quest for meaning outside the box. It is difficult to discover wisdom when we are imprisoned in boxes, the ones that we build for ourselves, and the ones society demands that we stay in.
Travel also revealed the writer in me, which I never could have predicted. Previously I had always defined my creative self as “artist”. Traveling has taught me many things, one of them being that we all define ourselves too tightly.
My quest for meaning begins
During my early 20’s, I began reading many books on metaphysics and spirituality. Ideas that my mind had explored independently for years demanded it. I voraciously absorbed the knowledge logically, but there came a moment in Point Reyes, California, when I assimilated it at a feeling level. As I stood on a tiny platform looking out over the vast azure Pacific, my body tingled all over. I felt deeply my bond with this seemingly boundless body of water, and I understood the infinite nature of my soul and our connection to everything.
Our inherent childhood wisdom can become lost
Looking back I realize that my childhood self had already known this, but the logical world around me at the time did not support it. So, I had constantly questioned my own intuitive wisdom. Later, reading and exploring the ideas written by other people brought me into alignment with truths that already existed within me. In fact, that visit to the ocean brought me full circle back to myself. I do believe we are born with wisdom that is inherent. But our society values logic first and foremost, which can cause us to lose touch with it as adults.
A new chapter of my life begins
Fast forward another few years, and my partner R. and I sold everything we owned and began traveling. First stop was Hawaii, where we immediately befriended a free spirit surfer/photographer named Jim Welch. When you are passionately searching and you ask, the universe will work its magic and bring the right things and people to you.
We were all on a similar quest, to find some meaning in life outside the standard formula. I interviewed Jim about his personal experiences and philosophies, and wrote my first story during our travels (published by Escape Artist), called One Wave. And the journey continues…
My journey begins: Quest for meaning © Susan L Hart 2019