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Today’s Prompt: Moment. Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors).
It probably comes as no surprise that I feel most alive when I travel. This moment is born out of my travel bug. At almost the last minute, I decided to accompany my husband on a business trip to New Orleans. He was in a conference all day, so I was left to explore a new city by myself. It reminded me of the time I backpacked Europe by myself… new sights, new smells, new foods, new experiences. I got to relish them and sit in that moment for as long as I wanted.
One particular moment came from the square in the photo. It was a warm March day, in the upper 60s, and the sun was bright. I had just discovered the most authentic gelato I’d had since living in Italy and I sat down on a quiet bench to enjoy it. I didn’t distract myself with my iPod or with Twitter. I just sat. I remember a bird in a tree next to me fluttering about and singing to me. It smelled like spring. We hadn’t smelled spring in Chicago yet. People were mulling about with strollers, friends, artists… I could hear jazz music in the distance and watched horse-drawn carriages clip-clop by.
It was perfect. And I felt at peace for the first time in a long time.