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It’s been almost a year since I wrote about the death of my father and the complex emotions I experienced as the result of being in South America when he passed.
This time, it is aging (I celebrated my 54th birthday this month) and an ancient city in Portugal that inspired me to share my thoughts about politics, travel, and hope
I was raised to tell the truth, yet sometimes I can't help but to say the thing that other people want to hear: No, I don't mind waiting. Yes, you're right, I should take tango lessons.
The lie is out of my mouth before I can stop it, though it doesn't feel like a lie because it's what I imagine a better version of me would say.
Yet, last summer, when my honest response to an airline steward's request was met with a scowl of disapproval, I couldn't stop feeling guilty. Crazy. Right?
It’s a compelling question: If I only had a few weeks to live, where would I go?
Would I drop everything and head off on a thrilling round-the-world Bucket List adventure?
Would I would stay right where I am, in a temporary house in Mexico?
Would I return ‘home” to the landscape of my childhood?
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