Well, the good thing about being sick is having plenty of time to read. I just finished Traveling with Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd and her daughter, Ann Kidd Taylor. I obviously ate this book up. I only started it four days ago. This is one of my biggest problems. I read too quickly.
Anyway, back to the book. This is a great travel memoir. The big arch is each woman’s quest to find herself, so it is broken into three parts: Loss, Search, and Return. Ann is struggling with her life after college. She is battling depression after rejection from the one graduate program she wanted to be in. And on top of that, she is hiding her mounting fears and anxieties from her mother. She’s lucky, though, because Sue knows something is up, and when she finally confesses to her mother, Ann begins her journey to herself. I couldn’t have read this book at a better time. Ann was a history student who has a loving boyfriend, but feels like she has no idea about what she’s doing in her life, because rejection has totally thrown her off. Does any of this sound familiar?
Now, Sue, she is a different story. Sue is searching for herself in a new stage of life. And while searching, she develops and writes her first, (and one of my favorite), novels, The Secret Life of Bees. While reading this memoir, I realize that writing is so inspired by real-life events and thoughts. I have been inspired. And also, both women keep travel journals. And they start their journals with quotes that represent where they want to journey toward in their lives. Yesterday, in Barnes and Noble, I found my quote:
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams!” – Henry David Thoreau
I found this on a bookmark, which I promptly bought, along with my other gift card choices, as previously mentioned. I may not be employed, but that doesn’t mean I’m not working toward my goal of working in higher education. And in a couple of days, I am going to have an interview at my alma mater. I am confident that I will do well, and that this job is meant for me. This quote was supposed to find me. So, this is my quote for my current journey. Any quotes get you going?