Writing every day is actually a normal part of life. Somedays it takes up the entire day, and somedays it consists of a shopping list.
The real goal I think BootsnAll readers might want to hear about is the big-hairy-ass-goal of going on a trip around the world over the next two years, a trip already in the works, but still lacking the RTW airline tickets.
In 2009 I was working for Honeywell. The company, in a huge cost savings effort, made a deal to the older employees that was hard to refuse. They said if I would retire by September 1, they would subsidize my health insurance until I qualify for Medicare when I'm 65. I was only 56 at the time. A few seconds of deep thought ensued and I took them up on the offer.
I went right back to work at my old job at the Los Alamos National Labs under a different contractor for a lot more pay and no benefits. I didn't need any....I had health insurance through Honeywell. The plan back then was to sell my house, buy a condo, downsize, maybe pay off the condo, rent it and travel the world. That was about all the plan there was.....until......I got a little book full of blank pages that had an interesting cover : "Follow Your Heart, Chase Your Dreams".
So, I began to document my heart's desires. The big one for many years had been to travel. I read The Female Nomad by Rita Gelman and was inspired to chuck it all and head out. But I had a teenager still in high school, and college looming in the future. Still, it didn't hurt to write it down and keep it in the foreground. Maybe something would work out.
|My friend Brenda, who lives in Bethlehem, PA.|
I met her on my first trip to Mexico.
She's graciously letting me stay with her for a while.
I started the little book of Dreams two years ago. It took that long to finally quit the high paying job, sell and buy places to live, move, and a million other little things like remodel two bathrooms and a kitchen. I also went to Mexico three times and wrote a novel. No, not the novel in a month deal. A real novel. It's crap though and needs at least another year's worth of work. So rather than sit around at home and rewrite it, I decided to start going around the world and writing about that. The trips to Mexico impressed on me how terrible my Spanish is, and how I need to be fluent if I intend to travel through South America. So starting in January of 2012, I will live in San Cristobal, Chiapas for six months where I will be studying Spanish and helping out with a photography project. After that, I'll have to see where the winds of travel blow me. It could be South America, or back to the States for a long awaited summer trip through Alaska. In fall of 2012, I will be headed to Australia to help a friend with her business during their summer in exchange for a free place to stay and an opportunity to see life Down Under. I'm sure other plans will come into focus as time goes on.
It's as if a fairytale book opened up and let me walk right in to the colorful pages. I'm Alice in Wonderland without all the screwy characters.