“Creativity loves constraint… this sounds really counterintuitive, because when you think about creativity, you think about… having a lot of freedom to do whatever you want… a lot of times when you constrain your thoughts, that’s when you ultimately see a lot of innovation happen.”
Maybe travel doesn’t change us. Maybe it reveals us. Maybe all those months and miles slowly strip away the parts of us we thought were essential, paring us down so that facets of our identity that were once hidden away now shine in the sun. That garrulousness, that bravery, that sensitivity, that impatience—they weren’t forged in the crucibles of Phnom Penh or Provence. They were there all along, the essentials of an identity that can now fit into a carryon alongside two weeks’ worth of Uniqlo T-shirts, fast-dry underwear, and a portable Bluetooth speaker.