Do you believe that we are all equally responsible for the co- creation of a better world?
Listening to the birds welcome the new day.
Exploring some place new every year, be it foreign, or domestic.
Hiking every trail leading to beautiful views.
Swimming across every reservoir that looks inviting.
Looking for you.
walking softly on the mother
interacting with kids under 5
deep tissue massage
cooking and baking
finishing what I start
free form dancing
skiing, tennis, camping
Dersu Usala, The Three Seasons, Baraka, City of Lost Children, Dr. Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia, Cinima Paradiso, Girl With A Pearl Earing, Cloud Atlas, Snows of Kilimanjaro, The Day I Saw Your Heart, Youth
African/world, electronica/trance, psycadelic rock, folk, bluegrass, celtic, blues, classical, new age, chill
Thai, Indian, Japanese, Chinese, French, Mexican
A recent article in a Lonely Planet newsletter ("Warning, solo travel makes you undatable") , gave me pause to see what I have come to see as normal after several years of traveling solo around the world. The following is a series of paraphrased snippets............
"A person who loves solo travel is seen as a free spirit. A true nomad who’s broken free from the shackles of society and dared to march to the beat of their own drum. The solo traveller doesn’t need another’s reassurance, they make big bold decisions every single day. They are the ones with wild fire in their eyes, who trek miles to soak up the perfect sunset. They make switching countries look as easy as changing their pants. They live life, every single second of every single day, for themselves. In a society that encourages conformity, this makes them uninhibited soul warriors.
Your very core will be strengthened. The kindness of strangers will open up a part of your heart that you had no idea existed. As a solo traveller you’ll experience the very best the world has to offer. Any stereotypes or tales of whole cultures or lands being dangerous will dissolve as you learn the truth. But your love life, well I’m sorry to break it to you, but solo travel will throw a huge anti-cupid grenade right onto that. Boom!
Living out of a bag for extended periods of time became a way of life. Not having anyone to impress or keep up appearances for is liberating. Solo travel strips you of your need to present yourself as a perfectly polished human as you quickly learn it’s what lies beneath that counts.
Try as you might to conform you will never see settling in a conventional life as a viable option now. Your only solution is to find someone wild and free to run with you."
Not many folks out there in far away lands living the backpacker lifestyle past the age of 50. I may need wheels for my bag the next time I get off a plane, but I won't need a tour guide or stared hotel to be happy. It would be nice to have your company in far away lands. It would also be nice to join you where-ever you have, or would like to have a home base, here on Turtle Island, or abroad as long as you have some appetite for adventure travel.
treating Friday like any other day
you value sensitivity more than machismo