Living the Life of Riley!

Trip Start Sep 20, 2007
Trip End May 16, 2008

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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Wow...1 month in BC and I feel AWESOME. I think I'm going to move here.
Today I went for a 47 km bike ride. Am I nuts? Probably! Last week I went for a 35 km bike ride around Nanaimo and I felt great after. Whereas before I would have been so exhausted and have no energy for a whole week if I would have done that much exercise. Am I cured? Maybe yes....maybe no. It doesn't matter. If Lance Armstrong could beat cancer and win the Tour de France I should be able to cure myself of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. The experts say you'll never cure yourself but you can probably manage the symptoms. I'm planning on proving them wrong. Ah yes! I forgot to mention something in my last entry.
When I went to see my doctor in Calgary before coming to BC he had results from the blood tests I did for my thyroid condition the week before. For the past 7 or 8 years I've been taking thyroid medication. Every year I go for blood tests and the results never changed. I have to keep taking the same dosage. A year and a half ago when I went to see a naturopath about my fibromyalgia he mentioned about how certain medications affect our body. So I stopped taking my thyroid medication, to test a theory. I was going to take the blood tests last summer to see the results from not taking the medication before leaving for my Journey and never did. When I saw the specialist for the long term disability Insurance Company claim before leaving on my Journey I mentioned I wasn't taking the medication. In her report she said that was the reason I was probably feeling tired and then she came to the conclusion that I should be working 4 day weeks. In December I started taking the medication again. Then I had the relapse in January and figured maybe the medication was the problem, so I stopped taking it again. So when I asked my doctor about the results this time he said the results were just outside the normal range and that I had probably missed a dose or two just before the blood test. Then I mentioned that I hadn't taken the medication in three months. He was surprised. He said that if the lab results came back like this for someone who had never had thyroid problems he wouldn't worry about it at all. So...did I heal myself of my thyroid condition?
I've modified my diet...a bit. Eating some healthier stuff but still eating more chocolate and certain junk food that the "experts" say I shouldn't. I'm listening to my body most of the time. Sometimes it's telling me something and I ignore it. It tells me what it wants and also lets me know when I've made the wrong choice. I also cheat on my bike rides. I'll drink an energy drink mid-way or have an energy shot. They're mostly caffeine jolts. Why use up my energy reserves on my bike rides. It seems to be working.
Last weekend I went to Victoria for a few days. I stayed at the Gatsby Mansion. The rooms are Victorian style in a house that's over a hundred years old. I fell in love with Victoria. It's a grand city. Especially with all the flowers blooming this time of year. On Sunday I took a drive along the south west coast to Port Renfrew where I went for a hike along the ocean. It was awesome. The reason I went this past weekend was that the Air Cadet Squadron I volunteered with in Calgary was in town for a band competition and Military Tattoo. The cadets performance was " freakin' awesome",  as stated by Andrea. I also spent a few hours at the Butchart Gardens and took over 400 pictures of the flowers. The beauty and smell of the flowers was overwhelming.

Sunday night I went for a stroll around downtown Victoria and got extremely frustrated. Everywhere I looked I saw couples walking around. It was a beautiful evening. I've been trying to attract my dream girl. Why is it taking so long? The Law of Attraction says our requests can come instantly. My problem was that I was sending out mixed signals. I was saying I wanted to meet my dream girl but still had my profile up on a couple of dating websites. As I'm returning to my accommodations I notice the name of the restaurant attached to my building and just below my room. It's called Santiago's, just like the main character in "The Alchemist". It was a reminder that I will meet my dream girl. This evening I felt like the character in the book when he was getting frustrated with his Journey and was about to quit searching and go back home. He persevered. I just have to be patient.

On the drive back from Victoria I stopped in the town of Chemainus. They have these murals painted on all the town buildings. I walked around to see most of them.

What an AWESOME weekend!
Last week I took a drive to Port Alberni and Comox. During this drive numerous "revelations" came to me. I now know who I must contact to write the introduction to my book and I know that person is well "connected"  with Oprah. He lives in Vancouver. It also came to me who will produce and maybe even direct the movie about my Journey. Yes, I am keeping it a secret as to who this person is. I have a few letters to write.
On one of my bike rides I came across my dream house. It's for sale. It's oceanfront (actually "Strait of Georgia" front)  with a view of the mountains. Asking price...way over a million. I think I can afford it. Nick laughed when I told him that. I met the owners..twice. They sell "craft stuff" out of their garage in addition to the "rights" to their designs they've sold to a major international distributor. I'm not giving any more details as I want a peaceful hide-away. You can't forget that my dream girl is a famous actress. She'll want her privacy. In conversation with the owners I find out their son is doing his basic military training and will be posted in Kingston once he's done. Probably with one of Nick's friends from Calgary. I also find out how they came to afford such an awesome place. They owned a small craft store on one of the local islands and had their wares displayed at a craft fair one year when this major distributor offered to buy the rights to the designs for worldwide distribution. And as the saying goes, " The rest is history".
There was another "revelation" that came to me on my drive the other day. I've been wondering how I'll be able to sell my photos online if I'm busy making my movie and writing. Then I figured it out. Someone will buy the rights to distribute all my photos. No selling on my part required. AWESOME!
I've re-read the book I have of " The Secret" to remind myself of the process of attracting what I want. I also started reading "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert. Her story mirrors mine in a lot of ways. Well, at least it does in my mind.
Definition: "Living the life of Riley" suggests an ideal life of prosperity and contentment, possibly living on someone else's money, time or work. Rather than a negative freeloading or gold digging aspect, it instead implies that someone is kept or advantaged.
A certain person has been telling people that I've been living the life of Riley the past year. I wasn't sure what it meant. I think they're wrong. I'm not living it yet as per the definition. As soon as I meet my dream girl I will be. I don't think I would mind being "kept"  for a while. That is, until my book is published and the rights to my photos is sold and then I'll be paying my own way.
I'm off to Tofino for a few days in the morning. They say it's extemely beautiful and Inspiring there. I'm posting very few of the over one thousand photos I've taken since the drive with sister and my last entry.
This place is just so "FREAKEN' AWESOME!"  I LOVE IT HERE!
I love you all!
Think It! Feel It! Live It!
PS. There is so much that I'm experiencing that I could write about that confirms how my Journey is going, but for some reason I don't feel the need to write about it. Is that a sign that maybe I'm about to "receive" what I've been "wishing" for? Am I about to prove to you all that the Law of Attraction really works? Stay tuned.

PPS. I had an extremely hard time deciding which photos to post. I want to share all the beauty that I see to Thank You all for reading my blog.
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