I find it a bit ironic that, despite spending an abundant amount of time in compelling and inspiring locales, I cannot think of what to say by way of a blog post. I think I suffer from sensory overload on occasion, necessitating a significant rest to step back and take in the barrage of experiences that a trip like this creates.
I think Edinburgh, in particular requires an especially deep reflection. As you (should) have already read, I went there entirely on a whim. As a result, without prior research I was particularly taken aback to realize just how influential it has been on the modern world.
On my walking tour, our guide (named Andrew: indicative of the nobility of such a profession) shared a massive list of historical figures with roots in the city. Everywhere I visited reminded me that Edinburgh has been a major launching pad for great ideas for some time. Andrew argued it’s because you can spend all day drinking and chatting in a pub, where all the greatest ideas emerge. Appropriately, it was while we were drinking after the tour.
As I try to rush out two blog posts a week, though, sitting back and thinking about these historical icons is serving to calm me a bit. When I encounter writer’s block, I work myself into a slight panic, thinking I should be spouting great ideas all the time. (I operate on the assumption that many of my ideas are awesome.) However, the impression I’m taking away from Edinburgh is a reminder of patience.
While this lifestyle affords me plenty of interesting experiences, I must remind myself that every so often I’ll need to employ some longer reflection to really process my thoughts. This way I can properly reinforce my writing and bring you, my faithful readers, the most inspiring posts possible (it’s been working, too!).
|No shortage of inspirational pictures, though|
The city’s iconic castle represents this in two senses. First, and superficially, it takes a long time to build a castle that can stand for 900+ years. Second, the view of the castle inspired JK Rowling in creating the most successful novel franchise in history. But it didn’t come easily.
|Probably because it’s usually too misty to see out the window (view from the now famous cafe)|
Of course, I’ll still be blogging twice a week, but I’ll also remember not to panic too much regarding the long-term plans I have with my writing, which this is helping immensely. As much as I talk about travel making anything possible, I’m now realizing a corollary to this ideal, that it’s a slow process that will not come easily at all times, as it has for the first three weeks.
It’s a great realization to come to without pressure, in the comfort and leisure of a British teahouse.