Trip Start Jul 22, 2009
163Trip End Ongoing
I arrived at my motel in Fargo and started thinking of a title for this entry. I think of this movie and check the synopsis online. Man thinks of a plan, hires guys to put plan into action, people get killed, lots of bloodshed. Nope, can't think of a tie in to my blog.
I don't know what to write so I watch some TV. During commercials I start reading the beginning of this blog, Giovanni Goes to Gander. In the first few entries I described my travel plans. Head to Gander in Newfoundland, back to Calgary to finalize sale of house, down to California in December, spend winter in Texas writing movie script, travel to Alaska with RV then head down to South America on motorcycle.
I started thinking about relating how reality isn't following the plan of action I had described about a year ago. I now have a title to this entry...The Plan!
I watch more TV, some NCIS re-runs and MythBusters. Then I go to bed. No entry written.
I wake up and I realize that my movie tie-in does exist. The plan I had thought of isn't happening like I thought it would, just like in the movie. There hasn't been any bloodshed in my life, but that what should have been a simple plan isn't quite turning out that way.
But then, the more I think about it, my plan actually is quite simple. I have my goals. I travel. I meet people. I want to change the World.
I go out of my way to make some pointless goal get fulfilled. Case in point. My stop in Kansas City was a detour that I could have avoided. There was a more direct route between Oklahoma City and Fargo. That route would have taken me off the Interstate. Driving in New Mexico and Arizona I purposely stayed off the Interstate and saw some interesting stuff in the small towns I drove through. I now drove, on purpose, on the Interstate, out of my way. Why? Just so that I could add Missouri to my list of states that I've driven through.
Actually, one of the reasons (maybe the main reason) I took the route from California to Manitoba that I did was so that I could pass through Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. These are the 44th, 45th, and 46th US states that I've driven through/been to in the past 3 years.
My completely pointless goals are to drive in/through every US State and Canadian Province/Territory and visit every country in the World. I don't have to spend much time in each Country or State, just that I've been (and airport stopovers don't count). My rules. I make them up as I go along. Rules are made to be modified.
I also realized something. My detour to Kansas City actually did serve a purpose. If I would have taken the more direct route north from Oklahoma City I would have been in the direct path of the tornadoes that hit Kansas 2 days ago. As I was passing by Omaha I could see the storms to the west. Watching the weather channel later at my hotel in Sioux City, the path the twisters took were definitely in the vicinity of the highways I would have been on and at the same time.
Maybe we shouldn't worry about or care about the totally useless and pointless ideas and things that we do because they probably do serve a purpose in our life. Don't let others influence the things that you do or care what they say when you decide to do something "crazy". Really! Who is it that defines something as being "crazy"?
Live your life the way you believe you should live it, not the way others believe you should and judge you if you don't. YOUR Master Plan may be written that way for a reason. Mine seems to be. The detours I take seem to get me to where I need to be.
My (short term) Plan? Trying to find a way to drive to Inuvik (and not by Ice Road) on a motorcycle. I already have the NWT and Alaska route mapped out. Maybe by dog sled team? My rules!
My (slightly longer term) Plan? Define the 12-step program that would allow everyone with young kids, working 9-5 jobs, or generally, just living a "normal" life, how to live the amazing life they were meant to live. Just follow my foot-steps...NOT!
I'll give everyone a hint to Step 1.
AWARENESS! Be aware of the "coincidences" in your life. After a while you'll start noticing that they all led to something "important" or made a difference in your life. That's the first sign that you are on the right path.
Think It! Feel It! Live It!