|Almost every person learning about my full-time traveller status have a reaction that can be summarized by “Boy, you're so lucky!”. To which I reply that luck has nothing to do with that. I made a series of decisions throughout my life that all (good or bad) prepared me for what I'm doing now. Then I defined a goal and I made the moves to turn it into reality.|
It it the nirvana every day? Of course
not! But is it in your daily life between job, traffic and kids?
Life on the road isn't that much different than a routine sedentary
life on that aspect. I have good and I have bad days. I defined the
success being a greater amount of joy than of pain (in terms of
intensity more than in terms of occurrences). Because joy and pain
are the basic motors of our existence: we do something to feel joy or
to avoid to feel pain.
But I try to experiment something new
in each town I visit, good or bad. I believe there is good stuff
coming out of bad experiences. You at least know you don't like
it.... that's an improvement to your situation before trying it.
Knowing what you don't like is just as important as knowing what you
like... it helps define who you are.
I often feel like a kid in a giant
candy store named Earth. I still have a naive look on life (thanks!)
and I can easily be amazed by simple stuff. You see that with my
daily postcards on www.HoboCards.com.
Now that I'm getting more comfortable in Mexico, you'll see me do
more stuff... like the series of interviews I've begun. I do these
interviews to get me out of my comfort zone and to help you get a new
perspective on things or people.
Sharing for me is very important, and I
like to educate as well. I don't do this journey just for myself and
my own amazement... I do it to share what I see and allow you to be
amazed as well by all the wonders of this world. For me it doesn't
make a difference if what awes me is the works of Mother Nature or
mankind. If it's young or old. With the human realizations,
especially about historic places, it's sometimes hard to find the
words to express you the importance of it. For natural wonders,
it's much easier... just a few nice pics and you are in awe in front
of your screen, a bit like I was myself behind my camera.
Speaking of pictures... many friends
tell me that I should put myself more in the picture frame, to prove
I was there. I hate being in front of the camera. I take the
pictures, I know I was there. I can not only remember what is on the
picture, but also all that is around that you don't see. No matter
how much you like a picture of mine, I like it even more and I have a
direct connection to it, I remember I almost fell getting on the edge
of that river, that I had to climb 97 stairs to get on top of the
mounds, etc. I don't need to prove anything to anyone about my
travels, so I don't see the point of being in front of my camera. If
I ever need to prove something to someone, I'll have pages and pages
of customs stamps on the pages of my passports.
Do I like my new lifestyle? For now,
the answer is yes, but I'm still in training. Am I done for it? I
don't know... ask me the questions 10 years from now. I am grateful
for the opportunities I have... but I also know they didn't come by
magic. You see the picture of my life now, you don't see what is
outside the picture frame that led to the picture you see slowly
developing in front of your eyes.