Most days we wake up, eat our Frosted Flakes, slip our feet into our work shoes and head off to attempt to conquer the same problem as yesterday. Our minds race through thoughts like, ‘shit, did I tell my husband he needs to pick the kids up today?’ and ‘I’m completely underprepared for this meeting, how am I going to bluff my way through this one?’
But on the rare occasion we’re lucky enough to wake up and eat our banana pancakes and scrambled eggs while catching the sunrise, our feet dangling in the water, with only the most basic of thoughts occupying our minds. ‘Which book do I read today?’, ‘How did that chipmunk fit all those nuts in his mouth!?’
At least in the United States, these later moments are far and few between. Instead we spend the better 95% of our ‘lives’ peering over our cubicle at the bald spot on our bosses head, wondering if he’s going to give us that extra week of vacation,… that we’ll never use.
It’s surely a fair argument that the continual 50+ hours a week we put in here in the U.S., may be the reason we are (were) the world innovators and leaders in almost everything, for years. And it’s surely the reason we can afford a nice home with a comfortable bed to rest our heads on after those long days. But what we’re missing here is… balance.
Our lives tend to pass us by without actually being lived. You know that “mid-life crisis” we always hear of. Your neighbor, the carpenter, just traded in his truck for a nice sports car. Or worse, he traded in his wife of 25 years for a younger model. This is mostly un-heard of in other countries. Why?
I suspect it’s because of the emphasis they put on living life in the NOW. The fact that they get 4-6 weeks’ vacation every year, and they take it. They travel and experience life before they’re 65. Their relationships stay healthy and intact, and at no point do they jump into panic mode. ’50! I haven’t seen or done anything! Where have the years gone?!’
Traveling clears, renews, and energizes your body, conscious and soul, and for those reasons alone we ought to do it more often. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a days’ vacation spent hiking your local mountains’ trails or a yearlong sabbatical hopping country to country, traveling and adventuring outside your boundaries stimulates your life. It makes you ponder things you’ve never pondered before.
Your travels craft stories that people actually want to hear at that long dinner with family or friends. It creates opportunities to learn from other cultures, even within your own country. Travel revitalizes stale relationships. It builds confidence and lifts your spirits. When you travel you eat new and exciting food, you meet potential life-long friends and travel buddies, you discover new ways of living life, and, you discover yourself while you’re at it.
This business exists for two reasons.
- I want to enjoy and experience life.
- I want YOU to enjoy and experience life.
I’ve had plenty of great adventures alone, but my fondest memories have been in the company of others. This is a new discovery for me really, as I’ve spent the better half of my life trying to run from society, traveling to distant landscapes, at home and abroad.
Looking back on it I’ve found that my best experiences have come from meeting and learning from complete strangers. I’ve also realized some of my favorite hiking locations, people, and general backdrops are located along the eastern states of this fine country. Funny how things work.
This blog will be your personal insight into all that the east coast has to offer. Beginning in September our focus will be on the wineries that are showing the potential that this region has to offer. Our sub-focus will be on everything surrounding those top notch vineyards; what you should expect when you visit us, i.e. – the culinary, outdoor and cultural experiences – as well as hard hitting wine journalism like “What Wine Taught Me” and “The Curious Case of the Cases”.
We will paint a beautiful picture in your mind of what it’s like to grow and make great wine on the East Coast. But you can only understand a place so much from Google pictures and reading wine blogs during work. One must experience a region personally to gain a true insight into what makes it great.
I challenge you to take an oath today: to travel a little, and enjoy life a lot.
I hope you’ll follow along with us.3