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Road trip Part II
Last week, I wrote about manic drivers that are inescapable in any part of a roadtrip. This week, I’m choosing to share California through my eyes.
For every sweat-inducing merge, bewildering “what did we just run over” doubt, and never ending roads, California is blessed with a myriad of landscapes and settings which explain its mystique and justify its travail.
California is not the “Golden State.” It’s the “Beauty Everywhere” state.
I was lucky to enjoy this past week of my roadtrip in the company of someone who kept saying “wow, how beautiful!” with the enchantment of a small child. The state of wonder can be summoned. It is within us, ready to help us see life in all its technicolor richness. It’s good to have people in your life who remind you of this.
This is the value of travel as well—it increases the probability to experience wonder through novelty. A while back, there was some half-baked contrarian think piece on why travel was a vapid, mimetic experience. I wish that anyone who thinks this way would be willing to suspend their beliefs for a minute, and entertain that travel is simply the state of inducing wonder and curiosity in our lives. And I’ve never met a joyful soul who wasn’t curious or delighted in the mundane.
Perhaps those skeptics should go on a roadtrip.
Until next week!