I Love You All
And miss most of you
Here’s to you friends, family and in betweeners… you've all been on my mind, each and every one of you.
I am proud to have become who I am, someone who embraces life; who wants to be on a long journey but has no particular plan or destination in mind; an adventurous man; and a human who is open to the concept of living life in the moment. I try to keep in mind that this life of mine is a long journey. It’s not a race. It’s about staying focused, continuing to do good work, making my family and community proud; and every once and a while…sticking it the man for us all. That’s all I really want to do, besides travel.
I have always wanted to travel.
When I was a young child I used to have dreams about traveling to far off lands. The places most of us grew up watching on Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, and the places we learned about in school. This last year I made a choice, and my family made it with me. We decided to become minimalists and full time vagabonds. We have up the life of business owners and dwindles what assets and obligations we had and set off for new adventures. This is one of the perks of being an entrepreneur.
Some of you may have followed some of it in the beginning, when there was time and energy to write and call and email and keep people updated. Since then, we have dove head first into what is in front of our faces, and unfortunately, most of you are not here with us.
We are just into this lifestyle, but have been at it long enough to have the standard ups and downs, and some not-so standard highlights and challenges. We have decided to keep on keepin’ on. We just left our Very Interesting Family in Ashland, whom and where we had an incredibly difficult time leaving. I know that our hearts are still there, but we decided that it was time to head east and close some loops for the next leg of our journey.
I know we will be back.
As I write this, I am once again at a very interesting place personally, professionally, spiritually, and emotionally. Things are changing, as they always do, and my family and I are so excited and blessed all the time. Things are difficult, and amazing. It’s the paradox of life. Each of my friends and extended family have contributed such amazing energy to my life, some in ways I could never repay, except through authentic and genuine love and gratitude. Some of you may know of the extreme struggles I had with my ex-wife, and what I had to go through to give Lily the amazing life she enjoys today with Nicole and I. This was and continues to be the focus of my existence, the purpose of my time in this lifetime, and the motivation to keep things f*in #awesome.
Here I Come. There We Go.
As I write this, we are at a campground, tethering with our Jetpack on 3G (Not even LTE!) because the Tengo Internet here is so damn slow I can’t even upload pictures. Of course, it’s not so bad here at one of the seven wonder of the world. Our phones don’t even work. We go in and out of civilization on a weekly basis, and are usually traveling in between. Time in between working, home schooling, writing, cooking, eating, cleaning, sleeping, packing up, moving, driving, hiking, climbing, socializing, protesting, exploring, and generally being in whatever amazing moment that presents itself constantly…leaves little room for calling, writing, post carding, emailing, and keeping in contact with friends and extended family. This has been the hardest part for me in all of this…the people we know vs the people we meet. The people we meet see us more then the people we know, and it weighs heavy on me some days. On other days, I know we are all together, or will be, any way. At the end of the day, our family (the three of us) get to spend every day together; sometimes every minute of that day. We even dye our hairs together.
Families That Play Together, Stay Together
This journey has not been without its challenges. In fact, this is the hardest I have ever worked, with the most challenges, and the most amount of obstacles with the least monetary payback. However, I feel it to be simple, elegant, authentic, genuine, and filled with love and experience…my two favorite things that make me richer than most people on this planet.
It Just Wasn't Meant To Be
Some of you may be disappointed. I have failed in so many ways so many times, but I honestly don’t keep track. Some of you I miss and wish I was with you right now, thinking of the struggles and challenges you have experienced this year. I love you, and you are in my thoughts so very often. Some of you I have let down, and some of you have let me down. Thankfully, forgiveness is a way of being, and I walk in it every day for you and for myself and my time here is not up yet. Some things were not meant to be, and some things I have had a hard time accepting. The people in my life are the most meaningful, for it is the love that I keep close to my heart. It is the love that my soul responds to, and my spirit seeks out.
Love is all there is.
This started out as simple status update on Facebook, on which I don’t spend time on except to promote one of several pages I manage or quickly check to see if all of you have anything to say that I need to know about. That rarely happens, by the way. I spend most of my time online working on writeon.io, writing, protesting, tweeting, and generally doing my best to stay out of trouble.
I love you.
I miss you.
Be in the moment.
I will see you there, soon.
This is a communique from the road.