Life has...well, not quite stagnated, so much as fallen into a groove. Work, family, internet, sleep. I will be getting back on the road soon, my rough destination the 38th parallel, starting somewhere in Europe and moving eastward. I've had a lot of time to think, to plan, to practice, and to prepare.
I've done almost nothing.
While I want to be prepared, to gather and store and have and know, I realize that some of the greatest parts of this grand adventure I am on lies in learning the things which I could not have possibly prepared for. I am, inherently, a slacker. I procrastinate, setting things until the very last minute. Consequently, I have become fairly efficient at bailing myself out of whatever situation I find myself in.
I enjoy that.
People often tell me that I should write a book. With a rather sardonic grin, I agree, though the book I would very much like to write is likely too dark for many (it may have a title along the lines of "Wake up and get a damn clue!"). Instead, with my love of teaching and sharing, I would like to share something a bit more practical (and less bluntly offensive); a book to get people thinking about situations, real-world situations which occur, either out of foolishness, arrogance, or simply poor luck. Naturally, I have encountered one or two of these scenarios in my travels. I don't know how I am going to do it, but I think that this will be something of which i can be proud.
A rough outline of my plans for the next...well, next, looks something like this:
Jan: North America
Feb: North America->Iceland
March: Europe. Visit friends
April: Never too many friends
May: Cyrillic everywhere!
June: Tajikistan. Yes, I am really going.
From here it gets a bit murky...I am hoping to get invited to something, but am not certain that it will happen. If not, I'll continue to hunt the sunrise. I'm sure I can catch it while it's resting by the time i hit the Pacific.
Mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.