I'll be sure to do a full review when I'm finished, but I just had to share a couple quotes that struck me.
In the chapter on "Traveling to Work," Smith paraphrases Nietzsche's teachings that we create a fantasy world to escape to when we can't handle our reality, but that we need to wean ourselves off of that fantasy. He says, "...ditching the fantasy of another world means you're more likely to invest in this one: you will live for the moment rather than speculating on a heaven to save you from yourself."
This is SO me, it's not even funny.
It's no secret that I have a slight addiction to traveling. *Ahem* But why do I have that addiction to traveling? I think about it all too often, and have many times referred to it as my saving grace when a work day is bad.
And it's no wonder that I adore traveling. Because every time I do travel, I am completely in the moment, taking in every tree, building and person around me. Cups of coffee seem more interesting when ordered in a French cafe. Grass is somehow more mesmerizing when lying in a Irish meadow.
The question is, are they more interesting? Or am I just more aware?
I suppose the answer is a mix of both.
That's not to say that I completely dream the day away when I am in San Diego. I'm still that girl that notices the colors in the sky before anyone else, or stares at the ocean in disbelief and revelry. I don't have to be in a far away place to appreciate my surroundings. However, when I travel, I am freed of daily distractions and am able to focus more on the moment.
The lesson in this is quite clear to me: While it's still acceptable to daydream about sightseeing in Florence, I should remind myself to also remain present in this moment, on this continent. As Smith states, "Make your ideal a reality, or slightly preferable, your reality ideal."
I think I can try for that.