I have dreamed of doing a trip similar to John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charlie for the last sixty years, and now, to some extent, it is about to happen. As a young man, I dreamed of having some of the experiences that Steinbeck encountered. But there is this nagging feeling that that is impossible for me! That is what this post is all about.
Much of Steinbeck’s trip reported in Travels with Charlie, were about his interaction with all the people he encountered along the way. I know, but often times I don’t want to think about it, my deafness and Aspie traits make social situations very uncomfortable and often impossible for me and the people around me. How can I even dream that this upcoming trip will even slightly resemble his book? How can I not be disappointed?
I have to be realistic and find ways to accomplish the pleasure I have always dreamed of by other means. I just don’t know for certain what those means will be? I may have to discover them as I go.
- Maybe I should concentrate on the geography? Taking photos and documenting what I see would make a worthwhile trip.
- Maybe History? I have pretty much traveled for the last 30 years with history in mind. Maybe that will be fulfilling enough?
- Maybe concentrate on just living a nomad life? Report how I am feeling about life-on-the-road. Is this something I maybe would like to try for a few months? That would be worthwhile to think about
- Maybe report on the How-To and How-Not-To of nomad life. I’m sure there will be much in that vain to talk about.
- I am beginning to feel that a major life change is ahead of me. I won’t tell you exactly what that is, but I most certainly will be investigating the possibilities in this area.
I suspect that this trip will be a combination of all these things and several others that I won’t discover until they happen. I must certainly strive not to be disappointed, but to make the most of what I see with what I have. I say to myself just don’t ruin the trip with feelings of disappointment. After all these years, I deserve better than that!
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