Anxiety requires submission although hiding powering superior intentions. It incites wanton disregard in the name of independence. And when identified as out, anxiety is speedy to justify alone: “If you are clever, you will be frightened. Extremely worried.”
What will perform and existence look like right after the pandemic?
Probably there’s a further remedy, 1 that is paradoxical to the narrative we have been living. What ever the efficiency of closing borders, there’s small doubt that it has succeeded in exacerbating our (not always) latent fear of the “other.” But isolation is a devil’s backyard. Of program, due diligence and accountable behavior are demanded in this kind of a fluid scenario, but having back our agency has its possess rewards. With the proper safeguards, journey may supply a most unlikely way out of this quagmire of dread in which we obtain ourselves.
The great journey author Paul Theroux claimed that “travel is optimism in motion.” Confronted with ever-changing restrictions, challenging and confusing testing protocols, and inconsistent messaging, tourists these days will need all the optimism they can muster. But decreased companies and limitations that we have realized to take in stride at property throughout the pandemic have produced in us an adaptability that is an perfect top quality for the street. If you have a willingness to be flexible, the benefits of travel even now await.
I recently returned from Eire, the place less vacationers lent the spot a homey experience I hadn’t seasoned because before the Celtic Tiger roared. I fell in love with the Irish anew and returned energized and expansive — feelings in small source in the course of Covid.
Above the summer time, inspired by my drive to allay the concern that had crafted up in me around the pandemic, I yet again walked across Spain for a month on the Camino de Santiago, this time with my 19-year-previous son. The liberation we equally experienced was profound. The tyrannical rule of fear could not stand up beneath the power of human connection. Optimism returned. And I’m headed to Antarctica, in which I believe in all that clean air and open up place to preserve me harmless. The assumed of encountering blue ice elicits a perception of hope that has been absent for also long.
It may possibly truly feel counterintuitive to go away what is familiar and seemingly risk-free to enterprise out into the unfamiliar in order to be free of life’s terrors, but that is particularly what has been my liberation. It is normally less complicated to sit on the couch than to get up and go. But it’s possible the couch is no for a longer time the solution. Maybe it’s time, with the right safeguards, to get again out there. Journey however has the electric power to amaze, to delight and shock, to awe and encourage, to unite, and most essential right now, to obliterate worry.
Andrew McCarthy is a vacation author and actor, and the writer, most not long ago, of the memoir “Brat: An ’80s Tale.”