A Traveler’s Fate: Acceptance of Ambiguity
Some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle or end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next….delicious ambiguity. ~Gilda Radnor
Recently, against popular prediction, I decided to stick around rather than traveling or relocating this summer. I chronicled this in 34 Roommates Later, I’m Going it Alone and To Travel, Or Not To Travel…That is the (Existential) Question. I felt so pleased with myself. I had made the right decision.
Then something crazy happened yesterday.
My CEO and the Founder at Project Travel called me to tell me that we were invited to be a part of the first cohort of startups at a new accelerator program in Northern Michigan. We needed to be there within a week.
Is the universe trying to tell me something?
It felt a little bit like the moment you let go of an ex and decide to move on and then s/he calls you and asks you to try again. There is a beautiful paradox in here somewhere, I just know it. I suppose if I had made a different decision and decided to travel or move somewhere else this summer, this opportunity might not have even be possible. Who knows? Life rarely plots the predictable course we suppose it might and that’s what makes it rich.
That doesn’t mean it feels fun.
In the span of 5 days, I need to find the following: a subletter for my apartment for 8 weeks, a pet-sitter for my bunny rabbit Lindy Hop, a plane ticket for this weekend, and affordable housing in a resort town on Lake Michigan in its peak season. This is in addition to keeping up with my day-to-day work and household responsibilities. I’m overwhelmed to be sure. I told my sister earlier that in times like these, I sometimes imagine my future self being interviewed by Terry Gross and that this is the story I will fondly tell her with a laugh.
Life is a story, after all.
To enjoy travel and life, acceptance of ambiguity is a must. This opportunity in Northern Michigan is no different. It is a mysterious open, unexpected door. I’ve never been in a startup accelerator. I have no idea what to expect. I don’t suppose there will be many former study abroad advisors there. I will probably have to learn new terminology. I might feel out of my element. This might be one of the toughest but most rewarding learning experiences of my life. In spite of the short-term stress it has caused in turning my relaxing summer on its head…I accept it. No, I embrace it.