where we are
by Gerald Locklin
i envy thosewho live in two places:new york, say, and london;wales and spain;l.a. and paris;hawaii and switzerland.there is always the anticipationof the change, the chance that what is wrongis the result of where you are. i havealways loved both the freshness ofarriving and the relief of leaving. withtwo homes every move would be a homecoming.i am not even considering the weather, hotor cold, dry or wet. I am talking about hope.
I have met many travelers.
Travel as escape
There are quite a few who are seeking to escape wherever they are, and keep traveling as a way to leave themselves and their lives behind. They often mention their sense of hope, of anticipation in things being different somewhere else.
There’s a sadness in this, as they eventually discover there is nowhere to go which is not with themselves.
Travel as pilgrimage
Then, there are other travelers to go other places as a way of discovering themselves.
These ones also talk about hope, of anticipation of things being different somewhere else.
However, this hope isn’t talked about as if they are leaving some place bad for something better. Instead, this hope is about revealing themselves to themselves.
“We shall not cease from exploring,
And the end of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”