Old architecture, windy beaches, springy storefronts, squat palm trees, and expansive marshes = Charleston, South Carolina. Second trip to this lovely coast city, and it is no less alluring on round two. The city has unbelievable upscale southern cooking, hat shops lined in dark wood, clothing stores situated in old theaters, baring their original brick – full of southern charm.
The spanish moss hangs from all the trees – at night they look like the ghosts you hang on trees during Halloween.
On the way home, we stopped in Asheville, NC for a concert – a group called Spiritual Rez that I saw at a music fest 4-5 years ago and really enjoyed. They’re reggae/funk/ska band that’s a lot of fun and a great show.
They have a song off their new album called “Don’t Be Afraid.” At the show, there was a point where they had everyone there repeating those words after them and singing. There was a strong feeling of unity in that moment, but the words themselves also hit home for me right then. A great deal of stress in my life comes from being afraid – of a mean boss, of saying the wrong thing, of failure. 99% of that fear is unwarranted. Life is going to happen whether I’m fully participating or not , being scared is only going to limit my ability to contribute and be fully present. To echo Spiritual Rez: there’s so much out there not to be afraid of.