“You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” -Alan Alda

It’s been a few weeks since I stumbled upon this quote on Facebook. I think it may have been on Dr. Andrew Weil’s page, popping up in my newsfeed one morning as I sat in my newly claimed “office,” which is actually the dining room at my parent’s house. Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors look out onto the back porch. Should the weather cooperate, afternoons are particularly glorious and full of sunlight. It’s the best room in the entire house, in my opinion.┬áThe cats agree.

Anyway, I copied and pasted Mr. Alda’s quote into a blog post, determined to return to it later that day and elaborate on some sort of train of thought having to do with my gradual adjustment from city to suburban life. Writing – although I don’t have much to publicly share – has been a big part of this transition. After all, it’s one of the main reasons why I left New York: to find more time to write. It’s funny how many times I’ve found excuses and distractions to take me away from my pen and paper.

Needless to say, I didn’t make it back to the draft.

But here I am, ready to pick up where I left off. And while I think I should be reading Alda’s quote with a “forward” thinking mindset, I find myself looking back. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been talking about visiting New York, going back up to my old stomping grounds, seeing good friends, visiting the office, returning to the the literal city of my life. Which by no means would I call a city of comfort.

It was wonderful. And challenging. And in many ways, it was the wilderness that Alda refers to. So while I’m looking forward to whatever new and exciting things that might be next, I’m still looking back at the city which got me to where I am. Whether it’s one of the world’s largest cities or the country’s smallest towns, wherever we are is wild and crazy. Our intuition is what guides us through. And keeps reminding us that no matter where you are, you’re still yourself.