Vacation is over, time to leave the real world
So it’s finally happened, my 18 month vacation is finally coming to an end. This week I’ll move into my new rental house, officially and finally leave Sacramento. Next Wednesday I’ll start my new job. People keep saying to be ma, “back to the real world.” I keep correcting them, back to the default world. The term “default world” is a term I picked up in the Burning Man Community, it refers to the world we all spend most of our life in, the world of the script. You know where society has scripted what you should look, act and be like. I can tell you friends that this is not the real world, why would the real world be a place where we are the most stressed out, the most contained, controlled a world where we are least able to be our true selves all of the time. No, that world is the default world.
I am sure of this because over the last year I have absolutely been in the real world. Over the last year I’ve been more relaxed, happier and freer than I’ve ever been before. My time on the Appalachian Trail was heavenly. I checked off bucket list items with Polar Bears, Whale Sharks and Manta Rays. I got to see an active volcano, wrote a book, traveled all over North America, see an amazing Northern Lights display and visit a lot of people I hadn’t seen in many years.
The biggest thing however are the changes that have occurred within me. I find myself really, really relaxed, I don’t drive as fast as I used to, I’m far more patient with folks and even when I’m frustrated I come back to normal much faster than before. I have a greater appreciation for being happy, I’ve spent a year exclusively pursuing things that make me happy and it has been wonderful. One thing that I noticed was time moved much more slowly over the last 18 months, that time seems to have stretched on for years. I also have a much greater desire to do even more than I have before. I’ve worked out skipping out every few years to get big adventures, now the goal is working smaller adventures into everyday life.
I have lots of goals for the next adventure, learning spanish, more photography and painting, given I’ll be in the desert new hiking trails and even some astronomy to make use of the clear, dark skies I’ll have at my disposal. More time in nature above all and doing a better job of meditating more.
I’m excited about my new job. The folks I’ve met so far have been wonderful, the job is really the type of job I was hoping to land and I’m looking forward to doing good work and maintaining a good work/life balance. I’m not looking forward to “blister weather” in July and August. I heard this term for the first time the other day, “weather so hot you blister your forehead just walkin outside.” My new hometown is small and rural and for that reason the pace is a bit slower, I’m looking forward to it. I’m also looking forward to pushing myself to be a bit more social than I normally am. Challenges abound, but we don’t grow unless we stress ourselves a bit, we don’t get happier without growth. So I’m looking forward to the next chapter and many happy days my friends ~ Rev Kane