Trip Start Sep 20, 2007
150Trip End May 16, 2008
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The following is a copy of the first email I sent to family and friends when I started my Journey. I haven't edited it to include it here in a broader forum. Things will become clearer as you read on.
These emails will be sent to a hodgepodge collection of family, friends and acquaintances. They will not be edited for content and may come as a surprise to a lot of you as we all wear different masks depending on the audience. This is a journey for me and my thoughts and feelings throughout this will come out. If any of you feel uncomfortable reading this, you can delete the emails before reading or send me a note to remove you from the mass mail-out list. I will not be offended. We are all at different places on our journey of discovery about who we are and have different comfort levels about knowing other people.
"Everybody sees how you seem, however, only some know who you are!"
"When you do not seek or need external approval, you are at your most powerful. Nobody can disempower you emotionally or psychologically...You cannot live for prolonged periods of time within the polarity of being true to yourself and needing the approval of others ."
Caroline Myss, Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential
I do promise a collection of amazing photographs (I am soooooo modest), some funny observations (hopefully), some insightful questions, and a descriptive citation of my travels. Thoreau spent 2 years at Walden Pond, Henry Beston spent a year writing about Cape Cod...I will spend 8 months somewhere in North America. I will often quote various writers, sports figures, politicians and even "Joe or Mary" down the street.
"Something tells me if scientists ever discover the true center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed that it isn't them."
As I'll be driving by Toronto in the next week on my way to seeing Nick (for those who don't know, Nicholas is my son who is attending the Royal Military College in Kingston...Ontario...not Jamaica) this seemed like an appropriate quote to put here.
Fasten your seatbelts and welcome to my journey of discovery.
PS. As a postscript here are some details about my plans not going according to...well plans. I had originally planned on leaving on the 10th of September, travelling south through the middle of the U.S. on my way to Kingston. As in life, plans must be flexible. I'm leaving 10 days later on a route I will describe in future emails.
PPS. I will be using "big" words on occasion. I will ensure they are appropriate for the context. If I can do the research..so can you. I could live forever and still not have enough time to learn all that there is that I want to know.
PPPS. Feedback about my musings would be most welcome. The ego still wants to know that it matters. Depending on where I am I may not have internet access for a few days and may not respond promptly, but sooner or later I will have coffee withdrawals and will have to find a coffee shop with wireless access.
PPPPS. Last one. Feel free to pass this on and any future emails to whomever you please. Tell them to email me directly if they want to be added to the mass mail-out list.