On Starting a Journey

Home is comfortable, solid, familiar, connected,
the life I know:
a place, a role, a family,
a community, a tradition, a culture, a nation.

The journey separates me from home, isolates me.
Liberated from constraints,
expectations, identity, family and community,
there is only moment-to-moment attention
to what is going on around me,
to the present,
free for what is new and unexpected.

Home connects and grounds.
The journey frees and renews.

Life asks: when?

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