Au revoir, Paris! I’m back home in Chicago. I did it. Two months in Paris. I fulfilled a dream and had the time of my life. I’m equal parts excited to be home and so deeply sad to have left. I fell in love. With a city. And deeper with myself. I became more of me.
Let me explain. I’ve spent the previous few years getting to know myself. Really know myself. Not just my physical likes and dislikes but my inner self. My soul. My worth. And I had this need and desire to get to know myself even deeper. When I was bare. To have the courage to put myself in an environment where my daily routine and comforts were gone. No crutches. Just me in a land where I speak just a little of the language at best and I have to rely on myself. My own personal journey.
Going into this trip I had a laundry list of “things” I was going to get done. Work on growing my business, get in better shape, get caught up on all the reading materials I’ve been gathering for my “spare time” – just to name a few. A little over half-way through my trip I was feeling guilty because I hadn’t done ANY of the things on my list. I was too busy wandering, thinking, feeling and absorbing life in Paris. I came across a blog about a letter Kurt Vonnegut wrote to a high school class about the experience of becoming more of you. I recommend reading the whole letter, but here’s a quote:
“Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.”
This was it. My trip wasn’t about accomplishing and doing, it was about becoming. Becoming more of me. And while I personally chose to take an adventure to Paris because it’s what my soul desired; my hope is that you will find what’s best for your soul to become more of you.
When you choose to become more of you, life really can be a joyful adventure. You don’t always have to take the road that society has laid out for you. You can make extraordinary decisions with your life. You don’t have to be conventional to have a good, beautiful and breathtaking life.
Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends! And stay tuned for our December theme: New Year New You! Lots of good content, exercises and new ways you can work with me to make 2015 the best year yet!