Travelling to cities for me is a big deal and truthfully, I just don’t like them….I want to like them. I want to say how exhilarating it is being in a cultural center, but my entire being is generally saying something different like, “Get me out of here!” There is a line from the movie Shirley Valentine (one of my favorites) where she is out with some girlfriends and they are talking about sex. She says, “I think sex is like supermarkets, you know, overrated. Just a lot of pushing and shoving and you still come out with very little at the end”. I have to admit, this is how I feel about cities.
But I also know that it is important to stay as centered as possible, no matter where I am. I realize that my external circumstances are really far less important than what is going on inside of me. When I am feeling less than good, I need only check to see what I have been thinking and ask myself if I have been mentally critical of people or the situation. If I am walking around thinking how much I don’t like something, then I am not going to have a good experience. I can’t blame anyone or anything outside of myself for that.
At one point during my trip, I was trying to make my way through the crowds, feeling overwhelmed, and saw this little dog just standing with an empty Poland Springs bottle in his mouth. He looked so funny and cute. I sat down on the steps a few feet away from him and felt happier….it was as if he was saying, “Everything is fine, you’re ok. Stay centered. Drink some water….or chew on the empty bottle…whatever!” Animals can be so grounding….such great reminders of what is important; like laughing more and not taking life so seriously.