Coming full circle

Trip Start Jun 10, 2009
Trip End Sep 07, 2009

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Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Tuesday, August 25, 2009

“Your true traveler finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty - his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.” - Aldous Huxley

The past several days, almost a week, have been a bit boring. First it was waiting in Christchurch, now it's waiting in Auckland. Auckland is sort of neat, but I haven't found anything in it to just grip me or get me really interested. It rained almost all of the first day I was here, as it did the two days I spent here at the beginning of my trip, so I only spent a few hours wandering rather than most of the day, and I spent the rest of the time reading or chatting with people in the hostel. But the thing is, I didn't really care. The inactivity has given me time to relax and recollect and digest the past couple of months I've spent in New Zealand.

Now that I'm about to leave this country, I have a few regrets, even more good memories and many more wonderful expectations, both of the further traveling I'm about to do and of what my life will be like when I do eventually need to get a fairly steady job, at least for a while. I wish I had taken more time to get out of my shell and meet people and I wish I had traveled more just on my own and I wish I had gotten into some of the hidden corners of the country, rather than just hitting the main tourist route. I'm incredibly glad of the people I have met and the sights I've already seen and the things I've done. I feel I've grown and matured more in the past couple months than I did the entire time I was at college. Actually, no I haven't. I just realized I used those words because those are the words you're supposed to use; I'm no more mature or anything like that. I'm just more me. But I can just imagine how I'm going to spend the next couple months, of the people I will meet and the places I still have to see and, most of all, the ideas I will think and concepts I'll grasp. I feel that the next couple months or more could be the best of my life, not because of where I'm going or what I'll be doing but because, yet again, I'll be starting a new life, becoming a new person. Every day I get to wake up and reinvent myself, and every day I get to make myself a little bit more the way I want to. And maybe one day everything will snap into place and I'll know exactly who I want to be. It's not likely; I've never heard of anyone being that lucky except for in books and movies and stories, but it's the tantalizing hint that it just might happen that makes every day better than the last.

Since I'm waxing philosophical I'll throw in a couple more travel quotes I like. I had a nice list of them saved in a draft e-mail to throw in an entry every once in a while but I forget them, so I have to use them on occasions like this.

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” - Miriam Beard

“What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do - especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.” - William Least Heat Moon

No yesterdays on the road.

Also, spellcheck just made me realize I've been spelling Auckland with no "C" all this time. Blast.
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jwatson on

@ Mom
While that is true, it has nothing to do with what I was talking about, other than since being a Christian is part of me it's obviously part of what's changing.

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