My second trip back to Havana, at the start of 2017, truly set the tone for the rest of the year in a special way. It was the first trip, in some time, that hadn’t been sprinkled with photo ops. I took that time to truly enjoy where I was and to be present mentally with the people I chose to share that experience with. Social media didn’t factor into any aspect of the daily happenings.
This inadvertent break from social media eventually lasted months, long after the trip was over, leaving some to wonder if I was feeling unwell. On the contrary, I felt quite well. Being able to find time to think about more than photos and captions allowed me to pay more attention to my personal life. In the pursuit of all the things we think we want, it’s easy to forget to set up boundaries in order to prioritize yourself, your time and your lived experience. Lesson learned here is that it’s okay to take time for yourself, especially if it means protecting your energy and creativity.
It’s important to discern when to pause your public life and tend to your private space. For me, this included a recent trip to Desert X. This site-specific exhibition, scattered across Palm Springs, provided the perfect climate to jump back in the saddle again.