Life is like a Tight Rope

Day 109: Poland

For some reason I woke up this morning and my days were all screwed up. I haven’t really looked at a calendar in a while.  Its been interesting just being present and not worrying about a schedule or a long impossible list of things to do.  When’s the last time you were so present that you forgot what day it was?  If you’ve never tried it, you should.  Its an amazing and freeing experience. 

I was so emotionally drained from the last few days that I decided to rest today.  I spent most of the day sending Marco Polo messages back and forth with Mary.  I was really craving tacos and decided if I ate another pierogi, I would turn into one.  When I told Mary this, she told me to find tacos in Krakow.  So, I took it as a challenge.  I found a place called Manzana and around 4pm I decided to walk there and get my taco fix. 

Have you ever been to Poland?  They have amazing Pedestrian laws.  Not only do pedestrians have the right away, but cars are required to stop at every intersection where a pedestrian is present.  Even if there is no stop sign.  I can’t even imagine that being a thing in Chicago.  You cross the street at your own risk in Chicago most of the time.  Cars will just roll through stop signs even if a pedestrian is present. 

When I arrived at what was supposed to be Manzana, I was so confused.  It was literally a parking lot.  It took me a minute to realize that it was hidden in the back behind another building.  I arrived just in time.  They had one table opened and were about to get a party of 20 and didn’t know how long the wait was going to be once they arrived. 

I didn’t have to look at the menu long to know I wanted chicken tacos and guacamole.  I was so excited when the guac arrived.  I’m not sure if it was really as amazing as I thought it was or if I had just missed guacamole so much.  My only complaint was that it had oil in it.  I’ve never made or had guac with oil in it.  It made it interesting.  The tacos came out shortly after the guacamole and they did not disappoint.  They were spicy and delicious.  They definitely hit the spot and fulfilled my craving. 

After dinner I wandered back to my apartment sans directions.  I figured if I got lost I could always find my way back and decided to be adventurous and 100% present and take in all of my surroundings.  I really noticed the bridge I had crossed over on my way to dinner.  There were a bunch of tight ropes with sculptures of different people from all walks of life balancing on them.  It made me think about how life is like that tight rope.  When we give into the pressures and fears that life throws at us, we are wobbly and off balance.  Ready to fall at any moment.  However, when we are confident and willing to face our fears head on, we gain balance and centeredness that allows us to walk that tight rope with ease.  We will go through ups and downs, but it is in those fearless and confident moments that we stand tall and grow.

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