My first week back in Ohio, I went to Portsmouth to visit my sister and dad. Staying at my sister’s house is sort of like being on one of those all Inclusive holidays.
I sleep in the most comfortable bed in the world. (Seriously, it’s like sleeping on one of those Heavenly beds at a W Hotel.)
My sister cooks delicious dinners, including homegrown vegetables from her garden. And I get to lay poolside working on my tan.
It was while I was lounging by the pool and soaking up some sun that I noticed the clouds.
The clouds were beautiful.
They were perfect, puffy white balls of cotton candy moving across the sky. And it lasted the entire afternoon. I kept looking at them in amazement.
Did the clouds in Southern Ohio look like this before?
I don’t know. I don’t think I ever paid attention to the clouds before. All I know is that I had to get my camera.
Travel has changed how I see the world around me.
I have seen beautiful sunsets at the top of a volcano. I have been on gorgeous beaches in Central America. I have been lucky to travel to such beautiful places, but every day has not been rainbows and waterfalls and natural wonders.
I have learned to take the time to look around.
Because one of my goals is to improve my photography and because I don’t have a 9-5 job sitting in an office, I spend a lot of time out “looking for photos.” I walk. I jog. I explore markets. I go into random shops or museums that catch my interest.
Even though I sometimes do get busy with freelance work, updating my website, and editing photos, I make it a priority to go out and just wander.
I have learned to pay attention.
Because I have less stress (or at least negative stress) in my life, I typically am completely aware of everything around me. Of course there are times when I go on walks to think, but I now have more control of what types of thoughts and when those thoughts get my attention.
Has travel given you a new perspective on how you see the world?
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