Logistically, my day was pretty average. Well, the average that has come to be average. I saw two remarkable shows, remarkably different shows, yet remarkable nonetheless. They were: Love Birds and RENT. The first, a children’s show by Robbie Sherman, son of Robert Sherman: one half of the musical genius behind Disney’s Mary Poppins. The latter, an intense rock opera by Jonathan Larson. Both were fabulous. Both evoked more emotion than any other play I saw on this trip. I felt love, pain, joy and even some magic. I could not ask for a better way to end my theater trip.
Mentally, my day was weird. Up until now, I was quite happy to be in Edinburgh but quite happy at the thought of going home. This is still true, but it’s weighing a little heavier on my heart now. Today was my favorite day in Edinburgh, despite it being my last and only rainy day. Why is that? Well, I did everything my heart desired. I saw shows I really wanted to see and was not disappointed. I wandered the streets with one of my best friends, having deep conversations and laughing at our own stupidity. I did some shopping. I drank some coffee. I soaked in the magnificent sunset Edinburgh graced us with on our last day. I decided against hitting the pub one last time in favor of just sitting in my kitchen with my roommates to drink tea and talk about nothing. And tomorrow that will all change. Tomorrow I leave Europe. Back to the US. Back to reality.
For the past two weeks I have been living an amazing adventure. Leaving London was difficult, but the pain was lessened by the knowledge that the next day I would be waking up to another adventure. When I wake up on Sunday, I will be home. But then I start to think about what made all of those adventures so fantastic. It had absolutely nothing to do with my geographic location whatsoever. When I go home, I am going home to an adoring family who will want to relive those memories with me. So the adventures continue. When I get back I will return to college, to those same roommates I drank tea with, to those same friends I laughed with. So the adventures continue. When I return to reality I will have life to face and problems to conquer. So the adventures continue.
Travel and theatre go hand in hand. Like the two shows I saw today, both make me feel. Feeling isn’t always a joy ride. Feeling is hard, feeling is scary. But feeling is always, always worth it. This trip, and nudges from the Spirit, have taught me that over and over again. So now I sit here, typing this out, listening to the booming fireworks from the tattoo across town, trying to feel it all one last time. So the adventures continue.
No day but today.