It’s a quiet Sunday here in Asheville. I am slowly settling into my new space gathering up the little things I need to feel more at home. Now with a place to live and regular work, life seems a bit… normal… well sort of. It’s funny I’ve been back from Thailand and my epic five-year escapade for almost a year now, and despite my current somewhat “normal” circumstances, I am still surfing through life since returning and the spirit of “what’s next…”
In many ways it is an earnest treat to be back in the US and also to be here in Asheville. There is a quietness and easiness here that I appreciate and need. On good days I can feel the settling in of my body to a deeper and deeper place of ease. Ahh! There are many simple things here that I have been craving that really feed me in small ways on a regular basis – great affordable yoga classes that aren’t just exercise but truly inspiration for the mind, body and soul; ease of access to nature around every bend, sometimes unexpectedly breathtaking; and a general feeling of laid back community and culture that supports me feeling a little less on edge after five years of constant change and life in foreign territory.
Don’t get me wrong – life isn’t “settled” or perfect… I still wonder and consider…on practically a daily basis, what is evolving for my life at this time. I hear an inner pull to have a base… but within that also comes the implication that a base is a steady place from which one can fly away… and return. Sometimes I find I am just too “used to” exploring what’s next… I feel a little… confused about what role that now has in my world. And other times, honestly, my body still forgets it’s in the United States… including glimpses of forgetting which side of the road to drive on…
And then there are just the regular life challenges of living someplace new and not yet knowing many people here. My current contract job is mostly remote, which in many ways I love. But often I find it is just me and my computer which can leave me feeling a bit… disconnected… in my new community.
Ah, but just the same, for now I am really glad to be here. Today I am enjoying the relief of some simple time off to relax a bit. A new place to live with a change of scenery and a new view. Also appreciating my weekly meeting yesterday with the Asheville SGI group which often inspires me , lightens my load and just frees me up in some way.
For now, on this overcast quiet day, I’ll leave you with a little inspiration from my travel past. I’ve been revisiting my journey lately and have picked out a few favorite pics and memories. You can check them out on the right panel of my home page under “Travel Memories.”
Thanks for reading and coming along for the ride!
Featured photo – the “new view” from my current “home” in Asheville, NC.