March 24, 2017 by Petrea
A Different Angle
I don’t have the budget to hop on a plane to Paris or Prague whenever I want to (which is often, I assure you). But John and I made a pledge to ourselves that we will be out of town on my birthday every year, even if it’s only the next suburb over. So far, we’re sticking to our plan.
Any place I haven’t visited before is a welcome change of scenery, and yesterday we got several suburbs away with a visit to the Claremont Colleges. We enjoyed a cross-campus walk and lunch at a café on Yale Avenue. With chocolate/espresso birthday cake, of course.
Not everyone needs to get away, but I do. It’s not only to look at something besides my computer screen, although that’s a plenty good reason. It isn’t always about other points of view or ways of living, though that has validity, too. Getting out of town reminds me that I can do just that. I’m free to go. It is always possible to change everything about my life: my marriage, my home, my career. All of it.
A little trip like yesterday’s helps me look at life from a different angle and see that I am where I choose to be. For me, the key is making conscious choices, examining them from time to time, and choosing them again.