Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.
– Kurt Vonnegut
If you travel enough, you’ll have quite a collection of bizarre, hopefully humorous travel tales. Undoubtedly, they will include stories about “that one time when…”
There’s no doubt that at least a few of these stories will involve overly-complicated travel plans. Sometimes it’s due to weather, transit strikes, or other events beyond your control. And then there are those stories that are self-inflicted. Example: We intentionally took a plane, a train, a rental car, and a ferry on a complicated trip that was mostly between Boston and Burlington. The travel alone wore us out.
We like to think of these as learning opportunities. In the words of American author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., “Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.” You learn to be nimble and quick. You learn to stretch, to improvise, and sometimes to sacrifice. In the end, you become a better traveler.
Of course, these lessons apply to our non-travel life, as well. Agility and improvisation will help you handle any number of situations, unexpected or not. So while you may struggle with complicated travel plans, you’ll come away with finely honed coping skills. Like a well trained dancer, you’ll be one of those people who gracefully waltzes through life, and with some great travel tales to tell!
About the Author
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. probably needs no introduction, as one of the premier writers of the 20th century. While he rose to fame with Slaughterhouse-Five, his collection of novels, short stories, and essays spanned a fifty-year, award-studded career.
It’s been said that an interesting life makes an interesting writer. From his birth in Depression Era America, to his time as a German POW, to his days as a counterculture guru popular on the commencement speech circuit, Kurt Vonnegut’s life could certainly be likened to bizarre travel plans! His story makes the Charles Shields’ biography And So It Goes as entertaining as any of his novels.
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