Have you ever sold all of your material possessions, except for what you can fit in the back of your car, and driven across the country? This summer I will be taking my third road trip across the United States and it will be my second time purging everything in three years. I'll stop right here and warn you, it can be addicting, but it's so worth the adventure.
When I first landed in Boulder in August 2017, I had no idea I would be moving again in just two short years. Part wanderlust, part disinterest in the Boulder community, my partner, our dog Zoey, and I are less than a month away from our next big road trip. When asked about this decision I am mostly met with confusion, as if we all share the same affinity for this pompous, overcrowded town. Like everyone else here, we are transplants from Upstate New York, with a lot of time spent in one of the realest cities I've ever known, Buffalo, New York. It didn't take long to see and experience "The Boulder Bubble," but unbeknownst to me at first, I became involved in bubbles within this bubble.
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The first bubble I steeped myself in was the yoga community. Yoga in Boulder requires a blog all to itself and quite frankly, I'm still a bit too exhausted to touch on that just yet. I know what you're thinking, typical white, female, yoga teacher, but believe me, this town made me resent just how much this practice has been appropriated. The other bubble, Naropa University, is where I just graduated from with a M.A. in Resilient Leadership. I'm still waiting for my actual diploma to arrive in the mail, so this seems a little too fresh to touch upon just yet. Naropa is a private, liberal arts university associated with Buddhism and contemplative education. Of course it drew me in, and my program is actually quite brilliant, however, it's unconventional and draws students that aren't always in touch with reality. Boulder is a quirky mix of white privilege and wannabe hippies. It lacks diversity on all fronts and quite frankly, has left me disillusioned. I'll also add, it's no place for a broke millennial to try and make a life for herself.
While the 300 days of sunshine have felt great on my Vitamin D deprived, NY skin, it's time to move on. This summer we will spend 2 months traveling South and then back up the East Coast to scope out a new home in New England. This trip will be shorter than our epic 8,000 mile road trip last summer, but there are plenty of new sites for us to explore.
I've learned that each trip is special and memorable in their own ways, filled with both wonderful memories and less desirable memories, like our car not taking gas or experiencing the most terrifying storm of my life while in a tent. Most importantly, these trips have taught how to savor this one short, sweet life of mine. They've taught me how to be present and find appreciation in this Earth that we have so easily taken for granted. On July 1st we will officially leave our apartment for a short stay in Rocky Mountain National Park before exiting the state. Stay tuned for updates and insights on what's sure to be another great road trip!