Tit for Tat

I like makeup and untenable high heels. I also like flip flops and surfing. Hiking in the mountains during the summer is the best two months of the year. Putting on my (faux) leather pants and saucy stilettos at Christmas is kind of empowering. Swimming in the waters around our island is childhood nostalgia steeped in adult yearning. But, as fun, is a silky wrap dress to go to dinner by the ocean.

I am a wealth of extremes and very boring middle ground all at once and I do not think I’m that unique. I’ve been lucky to travel to many places and for me it was the perfect way to travel. I’m not a booked tour, IG picture taking, hot spot kind of traveler. I’m more of a gritty, dig in, immersion traveler and I have some stories. Some that would make my mom start twitching and others that would inspire the greatest homebody to book that ticket.

Growing up in a 1st generation home also widened my horizons. I was much old before I realized my lens of the world was very very different than many of my friends even the well traveled ones because they tended to be more of the IG traveler and less my style travel. None of this is bad. In fact it’s very good. Different is good. I don’t want the world to be made up of my kind alone. I love talking to those who go about life very differently than I do. It inspires me just like wearing flip flops and Valentino does.

My individual dichotomies and the differences of those I’ve surrounded myself with have fed my curiosity and learning in life. Being girly and gritty makes me interesting, well maybe to some. I know this much those that live exactly as they are have a magnetism that is unstoppable. You may want to judge that girly girl who skis in Gstaad and yachts on Capri but if she is truly who she is she is probably wonderfully marvelously interesting. Extra in the best way.

I finished the David Sedaris Masterclass and my biggest takeaway from him was to embrace everyone. Ask the question no one asks. Don’t ask, how are you doing? Or how was your flight? What’s your sign? Ask, of a total stranger just joining the meeting, have you ever eaten seafood on a beach or camped in a state park in a lighting storm?

I guarantee the stories you will get from the curious question will rival any material you ever need for future writing projects. Let’s agree that alone is worth embracing the true life and putting the polite bullshit, and easy judgments, to the side.

Published by miasotowrites

Wannabe Writer Tired Mother Aspiring Slacker

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