life moves pretty fast

foggy cityscape charlotte, nc

Two weeks ago, I was just shuffling along, driving my old car, working a regular shift at the coffee shop, and updating my blog according to schedule. But then my car broke down. Then I got an unexpected phone call offering me a job I applied for two years ago. Then I got on a plane and flew to south Florida. Then I took an impromptu road trip through the south (I love the south), hopping from town to town visiting family and old churches, staying on my sister’s couch, eating soul food in South Carolina and takeout in Charlotte, North Carolina while watching a documentary about grocery stores.

chocolate pecan praline, st augustine El Galeon St. Augustine,

I don’t know if it’s unusual, but every time I spend a few days far removed from my daily life, I start to feel like a disembodied spirit, like everything’s a dream. It’s like I’m floating involuntarily from place to place. Rather than feeling grounded, I’m supremely confused. But eventually, after getting “home” (defining home gets more difficult as family and friends move away and apart), I start to ease back into things, albeit with a wider outlook and a better understanding of who I am without the imminent influence of a particular community’s value system.

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My daily schedule is about to change (I accepted the job offer). My responsibilities will increase. But I hope that this new position will fill my need to take initiative and minister to my community. I’m glad that things happened by means of this winding path. I’m glad that I had a chance to remember who I am and remember how much I love my community before transitioning to new things.

Photos: fog over Charlotte, NC; Chocolate Pecan Praline in St. Augustine, FL; Boats and ships in St. Augustine, FL; my sister’s cat, Wolfgang

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About Leah

Leah Wise is a member of FIRE in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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2 Responses to life moves pretty fast

  1. Catherine says:

    Congratulations on your new job! That is really exciting! I think travel has a way of forcing us to look differently at a lot of things.

  2. Sonya Mann says:

    As Catherine said, congrats on the new job! I don’t know if we experience exactly the same sensation, but travel makes me uneasy. I am very much wedded to my routine.

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