30 Nov Traveling for serendipitious inspiration, insights and ideas
Traveling is the part where I love the theory – the romance of being transported from a to b – but I dislike what it brings in its wake – jet lag, lack of sleep and a bit of discombobulation! Ironically it is this discombobulation, which if embraced, is the key to slipping out of your regular life, and into a new one where you are more aware of your surroundings. You move from your regular life into the life where things are less constrained by temporal time, and more open to serendipity and chance, so so thoughts can be developed, ideas chased, and creative inspirations pondered.
Many see traveling as a means of collecting experiences. I’ve always preferred travel where the destinations are more fluid and there are fewer crowds with cameras capturing the well-documented sites – and sights! Yes, I’ll have my camera with me, but it will be to capture odd facets and features – often unexpected typography or architectural elements – or the juxtaposition of items that make me stop and think.
A few years ago I gave myself permission to stop “doing” museums. I found I had stopped seeing the objects inside after a comparatively short time, and was simply trying to get to the end of the gallery or exhibit. Now I target a small area or set of items I want to really see, and so am able to leave having understood a little more of what the artist might have been thinking, and with a better sense of how they were created. I also get to leave before I’m visually overstimulated and mentally shutting down. Yes, I’ll still exit via the gift shop and pick up postcards or books so I can refresh my memory when I’m home, but I’ll probably never cross a museum off my list as having been ‘done.’
It is this shift in awareness about traveling and creativity that I hope to capture in the retreats I am devising.