Chrichton nails it. I have often referred to this quote over the years when I’ve “lived on the road” for months at a time or during a transition like this one. May the current direct experience last for months and months. I had forgotten just how drab the “comfort zone” really is.
“Often I go to some distant region of the world to be reminded of who I really am. There is no mystery about why this should be so. Stripped of your ordinary surroundings, your friends, your daily routines, your refrigerator full of your food, your closet full of your clothes- with all this taken away you are forced into the direct experience. Such direct experience inevitably makes you aware of who it is that is having the experience. That is not always comfortable but it is always invigorating.” Michael Crichton – Travels