We are half way through! How can that even be possible? I knew it was going to go fast and it has. And I’m sure Harlan would add that there are moments when it feels like the days are inching past. When I was packing for Road School, I included a baggie of words, photos and images so Harlan and I could collage journals together. (Side note: I believe it was Day 3 of our trip when I realized this would never happen. No way was Harlan going to eagerly collage with me and plink out Kumbaya on the ukelele. Yeah right!) Well, last night, I finally got to collage my journal cover! 6 weeks in I had some free moments and bandwidth for creativity!
Last week, a dear friend reminded me over dinner about something I experienced my first time in India. The country and all the ways it flooded my senses was, at times, completely overwhelming and the only way I could process all of it was to take hours of down time, lying on my bed, staring at my phone. No judgement. Everyone processes new stimuli differently. Road School 2017 has completely come in and captured all of my senses, turned my life upside down and given me new experiences to process daily. And my bandwidth for creativity has been severley compromised. I had plans y’all! I was going to write a book! I was going to create cirriculum. I was going to paddle board every day and meditate. I’ve barely been able to return a phone call!
And you know what? That is actually the best gift of Road School (in my opinion.) To be present with each day and not overload it with expectations, with productivity, with conversations that take me out of my experience with Harlan and our time together. It’s taken me 6 weeks – the half way point – to feel like I’ve relaxed my expecations of myself. I’ve slowed down, and for the most part, each day unfolds in the flow. Harlan and I wake up and figure out the day together. Many days, the “agenda” gets tossed out the window for a different set of circumstances. To live this way feels ancient, as in an inner wisdom based on weather, shelter, food – the natural factors that dictate our activities. It also feels like an immense privilege – to be able to create each day with no need to consider a job, school or any other timetable. It is incredibly freeing and I highly recommend it. I wonder how I will ever go back to a schedule when this is over?
For those of you who are following along on our journey (and I am so glad you are!) last week we were pet-sitting and enjoying the creature comforts of having a house. While staying in the Bay Area, I went to a Snatam Kaur concert in Oakland which was beautiful and got to visit with a few friends.
We took the Larkspur ferry into San Francisco one day and visited the city. Harlan really enjoyed checking out a record store. And I got to reminisce about all the places I lived and worked a 100 years ago and basically be my mother when she used to point out all the places she lived and worked in San Francisco 200 years ago. Hah! But the highlight was the ferry ride back where we met a friendly woman who gave Harlan advice about keeping his hair healthy and how to keep his one dreadlock from becoming one giant clump and then gave him expensive Kiehl’s facial cream samples and basically made me believe in human angels. I loved her. Never got a contact for her but her name is Jen and she’s a barber in the financial district of SF.
Harlan and I decided to escape the smokey air and head back south to Santa Cruz to resume our triathlon training – which had been put on hold. I dunno folks, I’m kind of freaked that we are going to be doing a (Sprint) triathlon in less than two weeks. Harlan remains unphased.
Yesterday we biked, swam and paddle boarded. And meditated (awww yeah!) and today H went to the gym and I’m about to go to yoga with my all time favorite yoga teacher. There is a fire in the Santa Cruz mountains (what?) and today the air was filled with a familiar smell of smoke. I also think it is our first cloudy day we have had in weeks.
I’m sure there’s much more to share but I’m running out of steam and Harlan and I are going to watch a movie on the iPad. The first time we’ve done that on the trip!
Until next week…