The thing I’ve come to know about myself the most in my travels has been the need for embracing emotions. Even as I sit here in a La Madeleine Cafe, listening to REO Speedwagon, I feel tired and moody. I am a Texas woman after all, and my moods are as unpredictable as the weather that fills up that big Texas sky.
In the past two weeks, I have been through six Southern cities, seven hotels, four flights, and a bus ride. I have caught up with more friends and family than I could count on my fingers, some I haven’t seen since moving to Taipei four years ago. There are still five weeks left in my summertime tour of the States. So mentally, I’m exhausted.
With me on this trip is an Ampersond brand associate as well as a good friend from Taiwan. This is her first time in the United States and I have enjoyed explaining (poorly I suppose) what makes the places I grew up in so unique and well–sometimes quite odd.
About three days into our travels, we set out for morning coffee. As we departed, the Dallas skyline began to swell with heavy clouds. Grey and moody, but anyone who has personally seen the Texan horizon knows that the endless and wide open sky fills with more clouds than one can imagine possible. The enormity is astounding regardless of how many times you’ve looked up at her beauty.
The rain began to fall heavily and unapologetically around us as we ducked into the nearest Houndstooth coffee just in time. And then the Texas sky opened up, she let it all go. Poured her rainy heart out for anyone who would listen.
My friend was worried that we would be stuck inside all day, but I just smiled and said to wait for the sun. Sure enough, an hour later, the sun was out in full force and the sky was as blue and cloudless as she ever was.
So even as I sit here moody, eyeing some blackberry jam, I know that within another few moments, the emotions will shift. So I enjoy them as they come. Sometimes we need to take them all in, in order to let them all go. I let them swell up inside me, dark and stormy, so that when the clouds clear, I’ll be the bluest of hues and the most open person you know. And my potential will be as wide as that endless Texas sky.
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