A Thousand Steps

Musings on life and living

joekunin

A lone lion sits on a perch.
January 5, 2013

The Things You Leave Behind

When you decide to travel, move, or embark upon any adventure that removes you from your home for an extended period of time, you have decided to sacrifice. Just as you go to far off places, new smiling faces, and untold wonders, so too do you leave much behind. The weight of this bears lightly – Read More –

The lonely mountain
December 31, 2012

On Loneliness

Loneliness affects us all. If you’re traveling alone, or find yourself in a new set of life circumstance where you are disconnected from those routines and people that add comfort to your life, it is almost inevitable that you will come to feel lonely at some point. It is difficult to build lasting, deep relationships – Read More –

Jungle path, lessons from the road, travel
December 27, 2012

Lessons from the Road

Travel is a ruthless and effective teacher. From the first step outside your home, you are thrown into a world of uncertainty, and in this world, you’re forced to cope, adjust, and learn, or suffer. It need not be cruel, as these lessons, even the hard learned ones, are ones that you will carry with – Read More –

Mountain zen, lao landscape, travel
December 27, 2012

Romanticizing Travel

“The only Zen you find on tops of mountains is the Zen you bring there.” ― Robert M. Pirsig Travel naturally lends itself to being romanticized. We think of distant places, and the people that inhabit them, the adventures we will have, and the people we will meet, and in our minds we become protagonist of – Read More –