I feel freedom and American pride being in the heart of the south. Texas. I enjoyed a delicious southern BBQ chicken sandwich at a famous joint in town. I saw many mile long trains transporting the grain away from here. I was literally in Amarillo by morning and cruising to those country jams. Traveling the US I feel foreign. Taking Route 66 was fun and historic. I understand now the saying, “get your kicks on Route 66″….
When in (new) Mexico do as the (new) Mexicans. The land of enchantment is gorgeous. I enjoy the lush rock formations. Ate some delicious fajitas for dinner and the homemade tortillas were soft and I felt like quite a foodie while eating at the natives hangout. Then walked back to the hotel to one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve seen in a while.
I have been thinking about numbers alot lately. There are number everywhere. From your keyboard to Jerseys to birthdates to deathdates to tattoos to accounting and prices to recipes and people in your class or family or office. Numbers are everywhere and sometimes they seem to follow formulas to dictate how certain situations are to pan out. I started thinking about this about two weeks ago when it was the Holocaust rememberance day. I had just ran a triatholon and still had number painted on me and I wore them proudly. Yet I realized how strange it was that I was proud of my “number” because in the Holocaust that was all that each individual with a name and story was known as. It saddened me and realized how devalued the victims were. Its because of them I will not get a tattoo. I will try my best to remember people by name and not by phone number or street address. Its because of those innocent lives that I will live, be jewish and remind the world that the holocaust happened. We can not let this happen. We must prevent it. If we see signs of it starting again or other genocides that are currently going on. We must not “stand idly by”. Let’s together stand up and remind the world that innocent people are being killed (Darfur, genocide is still happening) and those who are able, we should find a way to help them. TO GO OUT OF OUR COMFORT ZONE AND TO HELP THOSE IN NEED. Let us remember the 6 million innocent jews murdered in the Holocaust. Let us remember all those who have died due evil terrors in the world. Let’s be a light unto nations!
As the sun goes down and the day winds down, I realize how soon I will be waking to a leap of faith. I will be moving forward and leaving everything I was behind. I will be saying auf wiedersehn to the life of comfort, safety and knowing many people, places and things. There are many uncertainties but I am comforted by knowing this a large door of opportunity which I am choosing to walk through with G-d’s help. I am excited and curious to see whats next but don’t want to miss a moment. I heard this quote the other day while watching A Walk to Remember, “The problem isn’t finding out where you are gonna go-its figuring out what you are gonna do once you get there that is!”.
Here’s a throwback to that time my family and I went to Seattle, Washington. We actually found this abyss of flowers even at this near-junk yard of place. In fact, there was even a dumpyard around the bend. So seeing these flowers was such a wild beauty!