I decided a couple of years ago that I wanted to do a piece of big, disorienting travel every year, to a place where I wouldn’t know the language, or wouldn’t be familiar with the rhythms of everyday life, and to head off by myself, at least, even if I met up and stayed with someone there. …Once you’re a grown-up, life doesn’t just hand you opportunities to discover that you have capabilities greater than you knew.

Alyssa Rosenberg, guest-blogging at Ta-Nehisi Coates

Me, I discover I have capabilities greater than I knew at my sewing machine, but that’s because I really don’t react well to being disoriented.