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More in the Philosophy

Today’s post is going to come in the form of some of my thoughts on the trip. Click the “older” link above or the archives link at the bottom of this page to view the most recent videos.

As of today I have 18 days until I arrive back in New York. It would be a lie if I said I’m not nervous about ending my travels. All I’ve been able to think about since I passing Arizona is whether or not I’m going to figure out a way to stay on the road. To a certain degree, I feel like I’ve been digging my fingers into each town I visit just to prolong my travels a bit longer. Not only am I not homesick, but rather dependent on the spontaneity and uncertainty that this trip has provided. However, I know in order to finish the project on time I must arrive back home in 80 days. I’m deeply fearful of joining the comfortable 9-5 world once again. The possibility of dress clothes, morning coffees, lunch meetings, and cubicles loom over me once again as if it were the punishment I will receive for being granted the opportunity to attend college.

To be completely honest, before leaving I was a bit concerned about what sort of effect such an intense, fast paced trip would have on my mental stability. However, I’ve come to rely and sincerely depend upon these characteristics just to get me through the day. I no longer seek out a structure to the trip, but instead purposefully seek out situations that could bring a degree of discomfort. I’ve never lived in the moment more than I have on this the past 63 days. I feel like more myself than I ever have. Strange, isn’t it?

Who knows what the future has in store for me upon arrival home. However, one thing I do know is that it’s not the future that I’m concerned with any longer.

4 Responses

  1. and remember Matt-

    Anything can happen if you let it…

    Posted by Mark on 16 November 2007 at 1:51 am
  2. I can not think of one person I know who wouldn’t benefit from the lessons this trip has taught you, myself included. Kudos to you for your willingness to be brave, to make a plan to have no plan, and to truly benefit from the lessons that people have to teach you. I think that there’s something missing in our generation, that you seem to have found. We are not citizens of a nation, we are citizens of the world, as you have demonstrated by exposing the dichotomy of our society, and the kindness that most people assume no longer exists in us as a people. Why go home? I say you see the world. I have enjoyed your journey so much myself, that I too hate to see it end. Good luck to you. I hope that you do great things as the person that this trip has made you.

    Posted by Emy on 17 November 2007 at 9:56 pm
  3. I agree with Emy…we can all benefit from your trip and your thoughts. I would love to see something more come of this trip. You are an excellent writer and I hope that you are able to continue to do soemthing that you love in the future. Remember that a 9-5 desk job is not the only answer…your future is whatever you make of it!! :) Good luck!!

    Posted by Jessica on 19 November 2007 at 2:07 pm
  4. Thanks so much Mark, Emmy, and Jessica. I guess we’ll see what happens. I would love to continue traveling at the moment, but even if I don’t/can’t I will definitely continue blogging. Who knows what the future will bring! I really appreciate your comments. :)

    Posted by Matt Danzico on 20 November 2007 at 5:03 pm

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