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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Unknown

This weekend I watched Big Easy Express. The preview drew me in with A.) Mumford and Sons (love), B.) an old train, and C.) capturing A and B with some awesome cinematography.
The first time I saw Mumford and Sons perform it was impossible for me to not smile as I watched. There was just something about the simplicity of their performance, just the band and their instruments, having a good old time, making their music.

I was reminded of this feeling while watching Big Easy Express. Watching these musicians day after day, doing what they love but not needing the glitz and glamour. They live for the music, they live for their relationships. And that's all they need.

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The movie left me longing for simplicity, adventure, and the unknown.

I don't want to live a certain way because I "should" or I "have to." Or because it's "what I'm supposed to do." I want to be happy and I want to live this life the best I can. I want to see as much as I can. I want to learn as much as I can.

I'm feeling stagnant lately. I've been thinking back to how I felt when I was still living in Michigan and needed a change. I threw caution to the wind and made the decision to leave the job I "should" keep to find something new. And good thing I did. Otherwise I would've never met Jordan, or gone to Australia, and who knows, I may have never even started my blog and met these awesome ladies.

I think it's easy to stay in one place doing the same thing because it's secure and safe. But I'm learning that for me, it's also boring. Now I find this kind of weird. I am not, shall we say, the bravest person on the planet. I don't like flying, heights, roller coasters, etc. But some how, I am not scared of picking up and starting new. In fact, I've gotten to the point where I'm starting to crave it.

Anyways, I guess the point of this post is to say, I want to ride an old train across the country to an unknown destination. :]

What about you? Feeling adventurous?

8 comments:

  1. I have been pondering these very same thoughts for the last month. I would love more than anything to quit my current situation, throw caution to the wind, and start down a completely new path. Maybe I need to watch Big Easy Express for the added push...! Best of luck =)

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  2. Thank you so much for posting this. I often get The itch to roam. And used to do it quite a lot. I have a little family now, which makes it difficult. But, we talk about someday soon quitting or jobs (after we buy an airstream) ;) and traveling the country with the dog and the boy and some bikes.
    Anyways, I was feeling down this morning, but hearing good music and watching that clip has re-inspired me to look forward to the future. (yay!)

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  3. This seem slike a remake of Festival Express...which had the Grateful Dead and The Band...plus a lot more.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festival_Express

    I wouldn't mind seeing OCMS...but I sort of lost my love for Mumford and Sons when we saw them live in Atlanta. The sad thing was it wasn't them but the crowd. The crowd was so bad and nasty and the venue was bad too. You couldn't hear anything over all the talking...some girl got vomit on me and I got in a fight with a drunk guy. Since then M&S and I have been on the outs.

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  4. I'm with you! Sometimes wanderlust is insatiable! What is it about change that makes it overwhelmingly frightening yet wonderfully life-changing at the same time?

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  5. I've really been wanting to see that movie. I saw Mumford & Sons in concert the end of last year and it was soooo good. And of course Edward Sharpe. It looks like a really fun movie.

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  6. The hubs and I just started taking the very first steps of seeing if we can move to Italy (he started applying for jobs over there). Ek! We aren't dead set on it. We have a happy life here in California. However, we fell in love with Italia and we know we would kick ourselves in the arse for the rest of our lives if we didn't give it the good ol' try. So yes, I know exactly what you mean. :)

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  7. Visiting from Casey's "what is on your heart" :) Following you!

    Kristina
    http://www.yomichaelmichael.com

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