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Things to do in Amsterdam, The Pig Newsletter
issue#21 October 2008

Pig Amsterdam News

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Lindas Column

Every day ends with a new beginning

“All aboard!” Doors are closing while the train huffs and puffs into gear. Down in wagon 17 seat 65 I reposition to study the man and his dog opposite me. Through the reflection in the window I have a clear visual on the two. On the platform tears are shed and waves are frantic as the train rambles her way out of the station. The scenery offers a welcome alibi for my stare. I relax to watch a dog on a train for the next 4 hours.

“Ah…on the road again. How I love getting from A to B in the world”. I notice the dog has now moved onto the man’s lap. He doesn’t seem to mind and they both close their eyes. Once a journey like this was what it was all about. I could not comprehend why life seemed to revolve around goals and means to an end. Watching my coupé companions sleep, I recall asking myself “What end? Why should it?”

I thought to have solved this issue. All you had to do was travel. Because if you did not know B, there could be no end. Thus I toured the world not knowing my destiny. And it worked. I only felt lonely thinking about my friends moving on without me. “Hang on?” I had shocked myself “How can they be moving? I am the one using transportation! They are supposed to be stuck in their habits, their jobs and their goals with end”.  That day I decided it was time to come home. Little did I know then, that the end of 7 years of leaving was only to be a beginning.

I smile at the unified snoring coming from the opposite seat. The 3 years that followed I cried and laughed at courses, saw back doctors, worked and learned, drunk and quit smoking. I faced life’s fears not by swimming with sharks or flying a plane, but by vulnerability in opening up. It was quite a ride and slowly I was starting to enjoy it.

LindaOn this journey I learned to distinguish my intuition.  In travels you just know what and what not. In everyday life there are so many influences and expectations which over-scream that inner voice. Now that I receive her loud and clear, I make decisions I never thought I would. I have left my job and lost my house without wanting to pack my bags. I enjoy on-the-road moments on a train I take to reach my man at the final station. My loud laugh awakes man and beast. They both groan to fall back to sleep. I smile and silently share “who knew I could stop running without freezing! too.”