Self-portrait with garden and mirror, taken on March 31st at the Artsprings Writing retreat in the Oregon Wilds.
Well, this is it, ladies and gentlemen. The semi-final post of Chapter 37 (I say semi-final for two reasons: one, it makes me less sad and two, I plan to update here occasionally when I’m traveling around in the future). After a year’s worth of traveling, blogging, shooting photos, and writing five-minute poems, I’m closing this chapter of my life and moving on to something new.
That something new is Chapter 38, a year-long brain-bounce of learning a new thing a week! I’m so excited about this endeavor — in some ways it sure doesn’t sound as exciting as traveling for 365 days, but this is something entirely new for me, to tackle a wide variety of skills and experiences, one each week, and to share the experiences with all of you via photos, videos and text.
To those of you who’ve been with me for the last year, or even part of the last year, I can’t say thank you enough. You made it worth the work, the ride, the laughter, the pain, the “oh my god, I can’t think of anything to say.” People have said to me, “Oh, why do you give that writing away for free? You could make some money for it.” But in truth, I made so much more by sharing the experience with all of you. You bolstered me, held me up, supported me, made me laugh and gave me the courage to go on. I appreciate you more than I can say — each of you, for all you gave me this year.
As I finish up Chapter 37, I won’t say goodbye, because I hope you’ll come along with me on this new adventure! Bring your hearts and and your hands and your brains, and get ready for a whole new ride…
Far and fast and with all your synapses firing, s.
“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.” ~Anatole France
My birthday gift from A. I couldn’t resist adding it, because it’s just so perfect.