When Rita Golden Gelman was 48, she separated from her long-time husband and went to Mexico. Then her life opened up. From there she went on to explore Bali, Israel, Indonesia, and more.
Tales of a Female Nomad, a New York Times bestseller, is about her travels in the world, not to fancy tourist spots, but to remote areas. What Gelmen writes about is the human connection she forges with other people of other cultures.
I’ve traveled the world, sometimes by myself. But I like my writing office and my LL Bean slippers (two pairs, just in case I can’t find one), and Starbucks coffee beans by the 20 lb. bag from Costco. All the comforts of home. Still, I wonder if Gelman’s example of following what gives her happiness isn’t possible for those of us who like to stay right here at home.
Reviewing our choices is important every now and then. To ensure we’re on the right track for our lives, not the life someone else might want for us. Or what society might tell us we want.
Yesterday I tossed my overnight bag in the car for a grueling 100-mile one-way trip to my writers’ critique group, while asking, “Are you sure you want to do this?” (“Yes.”) When I saw the white Mercedes at the gas station, I thought, “Are you sure you want that?” (“No.”)
Checking in with yourself can open up a new world right here at home.
P.S. Thanks to my friend Judy for suggesting this book.