This Indie Challenge posed by bootsnall.com, the website for rough, around-the-world travelers like myself, is keeping me busy thinking and writing during the month of November. It is good to press us to share our philosophy about life in general and how it influences our life on the world travel trail.
WRITE YOUR TOP TEN VALUES FOR LIFE, AND/OR TRAVEL, AND CREATE YOUR OWN MANIFESTO!
So, here’s the second half of that assignment to distill my Life Themes:
6. Have Nothing To Do With Fear! An Earth Life is a curriculum with some very crucial lessons to deliver. We are all, inescapably, students; but we do get a choice of subjects. Perhaps even, our subjects choose us according to how we score on our constant tests. Fear corrodes! It acts as an acid within our system and can weaken and destroy our positive nature. So, its elimination is the prime objective of all education. Face your fears realistically and never give your imagination free range to feed upon them. Instead, use that power to figure things out creatively. Voila! No more ice water in the veins! It’s that simple!
7. Freedom! Even an infant will struggle against restraints. So will the smallest bug. The need to be free is universal. But dangerous! Absolute freedom isn’t possible since all life is only a small part of a whole; but the power to develop and to try out one’s ideas, to contribute to that whole, is very empowering and essential to life. Freedom to take voluntary part in the welfare of the whole makes each small individual identify with its totality. Thus, we have the run of the family mansion, instead of protecting ourselves by cowering in a basement closet.
8. Enough Possessions, But Not Too Much! One needs possessions but to be a serious traveler, don’t take on more than you can manage to bring along with you. I know that’s hardcore and truly, won’t ever become the norm. Nor, should it, as most people’s traveling life is not intended to be as long-term as mine. Homes, pets and valuables have their tyrannies. I happily capitalize on that by house and pet-sitting all over the world; so I have found a way to have the best of all situations and still not feel saddled by STUFF.
9. Don’t Worry! Wait And See! Aside from leaving Final Instructions with your next of kin, it is often much more fun not to dot every i and cross every t. Be in charge of yourself and have a satisfying, general idea of what you are about; but learn how to work creatively with the beautiful dynamics of life, itself. Ask regularly for surprises! You won’t be disappointed.
10. Cultivate Those Smile Lines! You have a space on your face reserved, exclusively, for those. They take years and years to form at the outer edges of eyes and mouth, so start early. Beware of their opposite, which love the forehead and between the brows. Attraction? Repulsion? Which message will your facial muscles broadcast, no matter what your mouth might say?
MY MANIFESTO TO THE WORLD!
Get to Work and get to Play everyone! This is the most-important life you will ever have, so live it to your own artistic and creative design! You are the raw material! You are your own Creator!
As for me? I’m already launched on my longest, (4 years minimum); most-ambitious (between ages 78 – 82), solo, around-the-world journey yet! I’m surrounded by new friends, new wonders, and new applications of old habits …such as writing, interviewing and sharing my conclusions with as many hearts as I can reach. I offer myself as proof of the exception to the rule: Old Age is nothing to fear or to use as an excuse to hold you back! Solo travel is not dangerous or expensive! People are not “out to get you!” You can handle the pace – when you’re the one setting it!