Seeing truly is believing. We base our reality off of the things that we see. What we know, how we perceive the world, is shaped and molded and transformed by the things we witness, the events we experience firsthand, with our own eyes. What we expect for the future stems directly from what we have seen in the past.
For the last 23 years, my little world has been pretty flat. No, really, I lived in Indiana, and the Missouri, which might as well have been Kansas. All I have known is flat. Flat cornfields. Flat highways. Flat cities. Flat flat flat.
Of course I have been to the mountains for vacations, driven through the Rockies and the Smokies for mission trips, traveled across the Cascades to visit family. And I thought that was all the mountainous terrain that the US had to offer, with everything else being flat by default. Or maybe I just didn’t think about it at all; I hadn’t seen other mountains so of course they didn’t exist.
The past three days of driving proved to be a complete surprise. I don’t think we have left the mountains since we hit Denver three days ago, and we have since driven through Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and landed ourselves in Washington last night. There are mountains everywhere: white capped peaks, high rolling plains, buttes and plateaus, crags and cliffs, and every part of it holding its own mystifying beauty.
All of this incredible scenery has left me disoriented. Where did all of this come from?! Why did no one tell me how incredible this drive was going to be?! Why did you let me live in the Midwest for so long?! This all has been out here this entire time, are you serious?!
Truly, I feel duped. And you know that I do not like to feel duped.
But that got me thinking- what other default assumptions do I have tucked away that the Northwest will correct for me? My reality has already changed after the tornado- how much more will it change after having picked up and moved to a completely new place with a completely new way of looking at life? Is my worldview as flat as the landscape that I have known for so long?
In less than 6 hours, we will be (mostly) moved into our new apartment. In less than 6 hours, we will have driven nearly 5,500 miles and spent almost 100 hours in the car.
In less than 6 hours, we will be in Seattle, nay, we will LIVE in Seattle.
Bring on all of those things that I don’t know yet…I can’t wait.