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No Back; Only Forth

Posted by on 26 March 2011

Leaving Sacramento after our daughter's wedding, Sue pointed out that this was the real beginning of our nomadic life.

Up 'til now, everything has either been a dress rehearsal (our month in Vancouver) or a trip (to Montreal) or a temporary holding pattern until we had to go back. We always had to go back.

This time, there's no back, only forth.

We're not going somewhere we have to come back from. We don't have any specific places we have to be, or be back to. Nothing to hold us to any particular spot on the planet. Nothing to do that isn't exactly what we've chosen.

Joel braves 70mph winds at Bray Head, Valentia Island, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Joel braves 70mph winds at Bray Head, Valentia Island, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Forth. Only forth. We go forth to house sit for someone who wasn't an existing connection. Forth to spend real time near the place I was born but have rarely seen since then. Forth to August in Canada (I got my wish, again.) Forth to the easternmost land on this continent, to balance our standing on the westernmost land in Europe.

Our time here in Phoenix feels all too short, but before it ends in one week, we'll have passed the 6-month mark in our nomadic life. The past 6 months have been the greatest period of change in my life, and in my head. I didn't know it was possible to know Sue any better, and I do. I thought I knew where I was going with our business. Turns out that the greatest leap was to something that's not a business at all, but a reason, so April 19th I'm launching a Great Big Thing that will be our primary business focus, despite the fact that it's not a business at all.

During the past 6 months, I've forgiven myself for a lot of things. I've found things in my head that I didn't even know were there, and found things I thought I'd lost. If we settled down in a little village somewhere tomorrow, I would still be changed irrevocably.

When you travel, the greatest discovery is yourself.

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