Out of necessity I moved around a lot when I was a young child. The few times I moved during my middle and high school years it was within the same school district, so that at least provided stability. Then, after graduating high school, I spent the following 13 years perpetually on the go never living in one general region for more than a few years at a time. Whether I was running from something or running to something, I couldn’t say for sure. Probably a combination of both, actually. But September 15th marked my 12-year anniversary of living at Lake Tahoe and, although I’ve moved once since initially landing here, the dozen years I’ve now lived in Tahoe is most definitely a record for me.
I find this last bit humorous because I moved here on a lark. I won’t go into the details of that whole process, but in full disclosure (and to my embarrassment) prior to moving here the only Tahoe I knew of was the Chevy. So much for believing that I was “well-traveled.” In my defense, though, the world is a big place and we can’t know everything.
I also celebrated my 43rd birthday the other day, and as I tick off the years and take stock of my life I now see just how closely tied my well-being is to my geographical location. Although this belief didn’t manifest immediately, I can say with certainty that Tahoe has given me a new lease on life. The evidence is in my ability to rise every morning with hope in my heart and mind and an eagerness to embrace the day.
Additionally, I would like to believe that my inspired disposition comes through in my art and writing. As I mentioned in last month’s letter I have found a clear vision for, and a rhythm to, my work. The blogs, infographics, activity books, maps, posters, and other outdoor-related stuff I’ve been making these days resonates with me like nothing else I’ve ever created. In hindsight, the fact that I have a bachelor’s degree in communications and technical writing doesn’t seem so odd or unrelated anymore. As academic as it sounds, everything I now produce revolves around the transmission of information in one accessible form or another that’s both visually stimulating as well as informative.
Thanks to having found a place in which I love to live, I’m inspired to go on adventures (big and small), to break the patterns and routines of my daily life (at least every once in awhile), and to learn more about the world around me.