“The devil works off of idle minds and idle minds are his workshop. So therefore, I try to keep mine idled-up. That’s the reason I have so many hobbies and so many little jobs. It is because I have to stay busy.” – Kelly Wilkins
Back in May, I was involved in a documentary workshop in Eastern, NC.
Over the course of just one week, I worked on this piece and am happy to share it with you now!
In addition to this story, make sure you check out all the other videos on the workshop’s website here.
This photo was taken on one of the many long walks through Yangon. I found it between two other unrelated images and remember the exact moment in time when I took it. My life these days, although it occasionally involves a long walk, is far different than my life this summer.
I feel that I have already settled in to a routine here.
During the first week back, I was convinced this was going to be the longest few months of my life. Now I’m convinced of the opposite. Days move too fast and I’m already overly committed, involved, and invested.
Weekends are long, fun, and filled with new adventures. These tiny trips have kept me feeling like myself.
This weekend –> a wedding, some car time, and time spent driving motorcycles at the beach!
Certain days from this summer stand out more than others.
My first full day at Inle Lake is certainly one of those memorable days. I hopped on a boat and explored until my eyes were tired and overwhelmed by beauty.
I’m glad places like this exist.
Back in Carrboro and back to an old and familiar routine.
Although my days don’t quite look like these days did in Yangon, I’m glad I’m here with the ones I love and the comforts of home.
“Travel’s a fairly miserable business in which the journey is nothing but self-discovery is everything.” – Paul Theroux
While I’m happy being here for now, I’m already working on plans for the next trips. Up next –> I’m heading out West and going to explore more of this beautiful country I get to call home.
The other day, he shared this quote with me.
I think it fairly summarizes how I feel right now.
“What we want out of a vacation changes as we age. It changes from vacation to vacation. There was a time when it was all about culture for me. My idea of a real break was to stay in museums until my legs ached and then go stand in line to get tickets for an opera or a play. Later I became a disciple of relaxation and looked for words like beach and massage when making my plans. I found those little paper umbrellas that balanced on the side of rum drinks to be deeply charming then. Now I strive for transcendent invisibility and the chance to accomplish the things I can’t get done at home. But as I pack up my room at the Hotel Bel-Air, I think the best vacation is the one that relieves me of my own life for a while and then makes me long for it again.” – Ann Patchett
One more wonderful yoga class, one more long bus ride to Bangkok, two final travel days, and several flights and then I’ll be home.
All of these images are from just one of the many boat rides this summer –> this particular trip was the one from Ao Nang to Railay.