Over the Christmas/New Year period I was in the States visiting family and eating pizza. I had planned to share photos and short videos of the trip along the way but I was captured by a pack of bears who forced me to talk about baseball and turkey burgers… Needless to say, I haven’t shared any images from the trip, yet.
So it’s with this post, that I declare: I, Ben Hammersley, will be compiling a series of posts summing up my trip to the United States and the places I visited.
I spent most of my time on the East Coast, primarily staying in the Ridgefield, CT area which is where my dear grandparents live and where I got to experience two blizzards, which was most excellent. I went up to Maine just before the new year, and was blown away by how beautiful it was (photos to come soon).
Just a few thoughts on travelling:
I believe travelling to distant places is one of the most important things a person can do. Something happens when you travel; it seems you grow and adapt to the new environments and experiences you find yourself in. It’s almost like you’re trying on someone else’s hats (ways of being), just to see how they feel, and then suddenly you find one which fits you so comfortably that it feels like it was yours all along.
Based on the feeling I have when I return from a trip, I’d say that it was intended for people to put themselves in situations they don’t immediately feel comfortable with. As it seems these situations, when met with an adventurous spirit, stimulate significant personal growth and provide some surprising insights into who you are, or who you may become.