In this way, Journal underscores a profoundly important point about travel, which is that its purpose can sometimes be to work out those things troubling the traveler, rather than simply to be a way to embrace a new experience. It's as though the physical action of travel presents us with an opportunity to pause, to think, to consider, and to avoid us having to feel that we are doing nothing to sort out our own problems. It's remarkable in Journal how often Delporte, despite travelling from Montreal to Vermont, feels compelled to go for a walk in her new environment. Sometimes she can only be creative when she is moving and loses all motivation to draw when she returns home.
For educators reading this post, it strikes me that Delporte's work represents a fascinating approach we might encourage our own students to pursue, especially when it comes to the problems they face in their daily lives. By keeping an ongoing journal in which they write, illustrate, or otherwise represent their struggles, achievements, setbacks, and triumphs, students can construct for themselves a visual biography that shows them, at any given moment, how they are dealing with life's challenges.
All thanks to this wonderful little gem by Julie Delporte.