Play,  Travel

Hogsmeade, FL

Ever since mentioning this to one of my good friends, she’s been joking with me about it. So it’s time to come clean publicly. 

In addition to being a teenage teeny bopper obsessed with NSYNC, I was also obsessed with Disney World and went on such a regular basis with my mother that we bought one of the plaques outside of the Magic Kingdom to commemorate our love for the parks.

By the time I hit 13, I was too cool for all that. Now I know that I’m not cool at all, so I spent last week with some friends (who are, indeed, very cool) in Orlando, FL, enjoying the sun and, most of all, all of the Harry Potter attractions at Universal Studios and I kind of want to live there now.

Seeing all those kids walk around in their Hogwarts uniforms? Pretty much the best thing ever. As a writer, I can’t help but think of how amazing it must feel to have written these books, imagined the storyline in your mind, and then have so many people care about your characters so much that they want to replicate the fictional world you created in real life.

We also had a chance to meet up with some coworkers while I was there who put some ideas in my head that have really piqued my interest. I ran into some unexpected tax issues with the move to Italy and, after weighing all my options, I decided to cancel the move. I’m 100% unsure of what’s happening next and I both hate it and love it at the same time.

Different people come into your life at different times and those conversations you have, when used right, can propel you forward. The idea of being a nomad for a little while, traveling more, not settling down in one place, continuing to keep all of my things in storage while I explore what I want next seems so appealing, either temporarily or permanently. Who could say?

In yoga, we sometimes say that inversions help when you need a change of perspective, literally. I like to think all the roller coasters I went on last week did the same for me. Even after 15 years, visiting Orlando was a lot of fun and, in a weird way, flipped everything all around at just the right time.


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