While on the train a couple weeks ago I found these words written in feminine script on the back of a discarded receipt from Miami International:

I also learned on this trip that I continue to grow & love you more.

This line has stuck with me for so many reasons.  Consider:

  1. I’m a huge believer in personal growth.
  2. I believe in the power of travel to bring perspective to life.
  3. I love people who take the time to document their learnings from a trip.
  4. The “also” implies that this was just one of a set of revelations.
  5. “Grow” comes before “love”.
  6. It’s just a great melodic sentence — it sounds just like a Miranda July title.

Who were these words directed to?  A lover?  A god?  A city?  The writer herself?  Maybe all of the above.  And as I flew back in to San Francisco Sunday night and reflected on the recent brush with death, the ridiculously beautiful friends and all the incredible work that lies ahead of us, I recalled this note and found myself thinking, “Yeah, it’s kinda like that.”