A few weeks ago, my husband surprised me with a trip to Nashville. Like, surprised me. He had made a reservation for our hotel and for the dog kennel. He had installed new shocks on his car and gotten new tires. He did all this and I had no idea what was coming.
I will always cherish the cute way I found out. “Katy,” he said, “I don’t know about you, but I’m going to Nashville on Wednesday.”
This was Monday night.
“I have a room reserved and there’s a king-sized bed. So, there’s room for you if you’d like to join.”
And, so we went. I was planning on just working remotely, but my clients stayed clear of me for the rest of the week. On purpose. I even was given some recommendations from one of my client’s who thought this whole ordeal was super sweet. I also work part-time with a local agency. My supervisor there also jumped on the bandwagon. Every email she sent to me said, “Just do this when you get back.”
I loved every second. We spent most of our time on Broadway, enjoying the bands and great bar food. We also did the tourist-y musts, like the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry. We ate at Monell’s in Germantown (super delicious). We relaxed at our hotel. We even went to Ramsey Studios since my husband was a fan. We witnessed some great debt-free screams. We saw Beauty and the Beast.
It was incredible. I hadn’t realized how embedded I had become in my schedule. Get up. Work. Market my business and blog. Go to bed. Repeat.
I didn’t realize how drained I was until I breathed in the Nashville air and opened my eyes. My perspective changed, and so did I. Perspective is incredibly important for self-reflection. That’s why we love journaling and travel. But, what I realized about this trip is how unaware I had even been about my own need for a new perspective.
I came back Sunday night rejuvenated and excited. My routine was given new life and new depth. Before this trip, I didn’t even know that it was dead and shallow.
Travel does that to a person. I don’t know how you can see something new, and not be changed. Being sensitive enough to understand life needs a new source of energy and being humble enough to change are two pivotally important decisions to make travel worth it. To visit a place and come back the same would be a waste.
We’ve got a whole, wide world of new perspectives. I challenge you (and myself) to see as many as possible. It’s not a wanderlust thing, which I feel has become the newest catchphrase when it should be a catalyst. Travel, whether it’s exploring your hometown or going across an ocean, makes us new. Makes us whole. Makes us better.
So make the world better, by seeing it and being changed.