Perhaps I was daydreaming or home sick that day in middle school when we studied the vast terrain of America, because only four years ago I learned that Pennsylvania is not flat. No, I was not looking at a map. No, I was not watching a documentary. No, I was not reading Pennsylvania Mountain Landmarks by Jeffrey R. Frazier. I was death gripping the steering wheel through tears on a drive to Washington D.C. (Fear not, dear reader, my wonderful husband had me pull over and switch.)
Minceto, an adorable Italian town Google warned me, is indeed home to only 20 people and is indeed at the tippity-top of an actual mountain. Once again, I found myself wide-eyed and childbirth-breathing through a winding road that we proclaimed was surely one way, only to have locals challenge that assumption and barrel towards us with reckless abandon.
What you want is on the other side of fear.
On the other side of that terrifying drive was our generous VAWAA host artist Esther, her inspiring studio, her thoughtful partner Massimo, and a night of good food and conversation. Had we stopped, turned around, given in to all of our senses that screamed WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! we would have never seen the views we did, learned the skills we have, or made the connections.
Be scared and do it anyway.
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by Lindsay A. Johnson
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