Day 2400: Leaving town

Sometimes, leaving town is a great way to

  • get perspective,
  • find unity with new people,
  • unify the different parts of yourself,
  • replenish & refresh,
  • put down some baggage,
  • practice saying “hello” and “goodbye,”
  • leave worries behind,
  • change your mood,
  • explore your feelings,
  • get smarter,
  • notice what’s there, waiting for you,
  • get recharged,
  • put a new spin on things,
  • become more social,
  • find your voice,
  • take the next step towards change, and
  • get new ideas.

Yesterday, as I was in the process of leaving my home town of Boston and traveling to the great town of Chicago, I took these photos:

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Ah ha!  There I am in Chicago.

Here and here are today’s songs about leaving town:

Last night, I was feeling kind of shy  in Chi-town when I was having dinner with some people I didn’t know,, but when the group organizer asked me to sing, I stood up, found my voice, and  sang my latest song  — “Everybody’s Somebody’s Asshole.”

People seemed to like my new song but even if they didn’t, I’ll be leaving town tomorrow.

No matter what town I’m in, I see gratitude everywhere.  Thanks to all who helped me create this out-of-town post and — of course! — to YOU.

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21 thoughts on “Day 2400: Leaving town

  1. You are so right, important to have a shift in perspective every so often. Love the license plate!

  2. +1 to those. Please have a great trip.

  3. A piano player once asked me and a group of friends, “Hey, do you guys like Chicago?” and I said, “Yes, it’s the windy city!” I don’t think they thought I was an asshole but they did think I have an unusual perspective on things. I hope being in Chicago has given you a great perspective on things.

  4. The older I get, the less I want to leave my town, especially when the sun is shining and the birds are singing. And that song is the best!

  5. Maureen

    Congratulations on singing your own song before an audience in Chicago! That is something for the memory book!

    I love Chicago and hope to visit it again one day. I hope that you have a great time.

  6. I can just imagine you singing your latest song for a whole new group of people! I can also imagine you left a very positive impression. You didn’t remain a “stranger” at all. 🙂

  7. There are times when I feel like leaving town and hiding from everyone but sadly I cannot

  8. Pingback: Day 2401: You are here | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

  9. Is it really windy, Ann?

    • Not any windier than Boston, Mark!

    • After leaving that first reply, Mark, I found this online:

      Why Chicago Is Really Called The Windy City. “If you had always assumed that Chicago earned its nickname as the Windy City from the chilly gusts coming off Lake Michigan, you would be wrong. The city is windy, according to most local legends, because of the hot air bellowing from politicians.”

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