Have you ever read the book Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman, and then thought that perhaps the snippet of life you were living was a chapter in the book?

There is a chapter about Einstein's theory of relativity, and time passing in a different way in different places or with different people. I find time to pass differently with different things around me. Whether they are big or small, hot or cold, new or old, they matter. 

I am referring to people, architecture, language, climate, and stuff.

Out of those five things, stuff is one thing we control, and therefore a good place to begin shifting energy in or rather out of our life. 

Stuff accumulates, and then at some point we put it in a big garbage bag and drop it off at the salvation army. 

But what if we took a different approach, and thought about what would be possible if we only carried with us into the next chapter of life the things that would truly inspire us, hold us, and sustain us in the ways we long to be held, inspired, and sustained? 

I have spent years yearning to feel this alive. I have felt this alive at various parts of my life, and while all of those parts of my life seemed to take place while I was abroad it's no accident that I was. Intuitively I always knew to "go"...

Often I spent long moments in contemplation looking off into the distance noticing, creating, and becoming in my mind, the version of myself I always longed to manifest, and then booked a trip to go and become that version of "me".   

These journeys of massive change and transformation, usually all depended on stuff. Either 50 pounds, 100 pounds, or at maximum 150 pounds. 

Either 1 year or 3 months would pass, and always I would return walking and talking in a new way. Once I came back Czech. Another time I came back Argentina. And then Portuguese. Each time speaking and being fluent in the culture and language. I can't help but think there is something magical about learning languages and building niches in other parts of the world. 

One thing I am sure of, theories aside. IF you're struggling with anything in life. Intentional travel, a lighter bag, and less clutter will surely cure just about anything that ails you.

Strive to be happy wherever you.

If you've got yourself, you've got a friend.

And if you have a Tom Sawyer. 

You're golden ;) 

Get Lost To Find Yourself,

-Nathan

www.nathan.life