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Dec302006

At home decompressing

Do you take advantage? No, not of others but of life. Do you take advantage of life? I am starting to discover I don’t…. well, not enough. As you read this, you must be thinking – how is it that someone who gets paid to travel the world, works with rock stars & has been to more countries in one year than most ever travel to in a lifetime….. how is this possible?! Opportunity is all around yet most of us fail to embrace what is accessible everyday. I live on the beach in Florida, which is actually my backyard, so, how often do you think I walk on it? Almost never. When I am home (average being 14 days out of 60) I may plunge my toes into the sand maybe once. Yet, it’s the first thing I see in the morning when I wake up. When I leave my house, the ocean is what waves me off and when I return, it welcomes me home. It’s in front of me all the time yet I am blind to taking part in it. This is only one example, so if it’s right in front of me – what else am I blind to? Even when you are aware, with eyes wide open, it is possible to still be blind. Something will always impede our vision of how it could be, should be, versus how it really is. And really, life is f**king amazing. A New Years resolution I shall embrace is to take advantage of what is around me, everyday. I take advantage of all the lovely places in the world I am afforded the opportunity to travel to…. but what one must focus on is simply what surrounds us everyday and embrace it as if we have traveled from a distant land to experience it.

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Dec132006

Lost in Thought.....

Destination du jour: Tampa.

Once again, I find myself in the departures lounge of LAX with yet another journey completed. Although I am not currently on a big rock tour, I consider myself on the tour of life. Bi-coastal living sounds much better than to admit living in one place. It strikes intrigue in others once you confess your dual residences. It also implies you’re financially secure enough to stylishly pull it off. But remember the quote: “Perception is reality but it is not necessarily the truth.” I am no where near wealthy. In fact, I should be a bit more conservative and reside simply on one coast but the world is big & it implores me to be apart of it. So, what’s next? I make residence in another country? ;-) Traveling has opened my eyes to options I might not have ever considered. SO, naturally I take things to a bit extreme and want to do it all, do it right & live it well.

Even if I am not in a position to afford it. A little debt is a small admission price for living where I wish & spending a few extra days in Beijing to hike the Great Wall of China. To share stories and photos with family & friends – I gladly go deep in debt, for I am so much richer for the experience. Some people wish to travel, yet never do. I travel for them. I live vicariously thru those who remain in one place, have a home and a loved one to share it with. We envy each other, living vicariously thru each other. The grass is NOT always greener – its our perception of a moment unto which we see what we believe is fact. But mostly, its always an illusion.

I don’t want a lawn with deep green, perfectly trimmed grass. I wouldn’t want it envied – I would want it to be enjoyed & appreciated. It should inspire others to see just how green their grass really is. And with that thought – go admire what you have worked so hard to attain & stop looking at others for comparison.

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