From Chris Guillebeau: "Not everyone wants to travel the world, but most people can identify at least one place in the world they’d like to visit before they die. Where is that place for you, and what will you do to make sure you get there?"
I would love to travel across the United States in an RV with my wife Rosemary. If we were able to sit down and design the ultimate trip, it would transcend from being a trip and turn into a lifestyle. Here is what we'd do.
Rosemary is a romance author. She has written and published three books. She is working on number four while on the road. Traveling from town to town, she talks to people about her art in small venues and bookstores. Rosemary has the God-given talent of making a difference in people's lives. She instills confidence and belief in would-be writers.
As for myself, I need to write my way through elucidation...
I am insanely interested in people who live their passion, excel at it and continue to develop it. Someone at this level has achieved a level of freedom. That's the part that holds a death grip on my soul.
The book Stones into Schools came into my life early last year. No matter what is being said today about author Greg Mortenson, he went into Pakistan and Afghanistan and built schools for their children, with a focus on girls. He recants an African proverb in the book: "If you teach a boy, you educate an individual; but if you teach a girl, you educate a community." He refers this to a phenomenon known as the Girl Effect, which coincidentally, is the name of a most noble organization.
While I admire what Greg did overseas, I can't help but to think about American girls and the very same thing here on our soil. I am talking about girls in dire need of support, safety, shelter, food and most importantly education.
Due to a debilitating illness, I am not able to work. But given certain parameters and my own time frame, I could write about those who are physically out there in the trenches trying to educate our American girls.
So, while traveling in the States with Rosemary, I am writing about freedom...the freedom that those who are immersed in their passion have found and the freedom for American girls in need to become not only productive members of society, but blacksmiths forging the will, character and future of our nation.
When I speak of education, I am not necessarily limiting it to that which an institution provides.
As for what I have done to get there and make this happen? I believe that my number one most limiting factor is my lack of good health. From there the excuses just begin to vomit out of my mouth...the ability to afford such a thing, what to do with our possessions, how to financially support ourselves etc. In other words, I haven't done jack.