A week ago, I boarded a flight to Nassau with my 4 and 10-year-old in tow. I was nervous about what the islands had in store for me, well, us. I’d never traveled internationally with my minions before.
The Plane Ride
I began watching a movie called 'I Feel Pretty', although between my kids begging me to referee their fights and sharing how many coins they’d collected on their respective games, I couldn’t finish. The half I did watch was enough to fill me with a robust sense of ‘yes I can’! To hell with finishing the movie, I wanted to pull out my laptop and flood it with literary brilliance. Since this was a work-less vacay, I opted for the note app on my phone.
One With Nature
The winds through the palm trees; the crash of the waves on the shore; the flutter of birds around the property. Seeing elements of nature converge did the exact same thing to me...make me want to converge my fingertips on a keyboard! Heightening the senses in writing makes it come alive. Since I know this, while frolicking on the beach I allowed myself to just be. For a solid 60 seconds - which is a feat for any parent - I sat quietly to observe my surroundings. My inhales and exhales were deep, I paid special attention to the transcending hues of the water, and took note of the people around me. The couple with two toddlers in happy birthday shirts and the woman toting a professional camera around her neck struggling to take the perfect shot a few yards away from the family man who wouldn’t stop staring at me.
The absolute first sitting area I saw begged me...not to take a sexy #milfin pic to post, but to call home for three hours to write. Here in the lobby, I searched for character stories. This is a game I used to play with friends where we’d see people and try to guess their lives. I noted the way they dressed and how they interacted with each other, all the way down to how they walked. I conjured up a few great stories, but I didn’t write any of them down. I used this time to let my mind ‘exercise’ by being free to just imagine and let whatever come...come. I was able to be as crazy and free with my thoughts as I wanted with no evidence, LOL!
Where are you planning a trip to next and how do you plan on using it to invigorate your writing?