When old dear friends reach out // serendipity and life choices
Her:Hey! When are you gonna be in Europe? [Redacted] and I just decided to spend three months in France. I'm going to be working on building a digital monastery and she's going to work on the monastery's farm! We might have two weeks off in early Aug
Me:Wow! That's major news!
Her:Yes, fun and a great spiritual foundation for us!!! So excited to be invited by the brothers and sisters.
Me:How's [redacted]? How's her life plans?
Her:Excited to be working n a farm. Gonna do stuff with food, just doesn't know what. How r u?
Me:Woa you crazy kids. I turned 35 today, not sure what that means
Her:Damn I am so happy. U know what a freaking honor it is to be invited to work on this project?!
Me:And I'm tip toeing into my love of food and history
Her:Yeah I know I love ur blog and book project!!! Forwarded to a few friends. Wait! What? Happy birthday you old fart
Me:Ha! What's your internal anchor? Center point? jeez. Farming sounds incredibly awesome
Her:Fuk u know how hard the last months have been?
Me:Yeah I can guess
Her:I refuse to live a lifestyle I don't buy into. So sometimes I see myself falling into that trap. And I just try to stay open.... And follow my heart. Really totally ignore my head... And listen and watch the signs around me. Other people guide me a lot!
Her:I'm rooting for you too!
Me:We shall see but I'd rather things be hard but have someone there with me and a goal worth fighting for than easy and live half asleep
Her:Ok! Happy bday!
Me:ok thanks for letting me know xoxo sending you good vibes all the way to SUMMER IN FRANCE
“Today, San Francisco’s younger workers derive their job security not from any single employer but instead from a large network of weak ties that lasts from one company to the next. The density of cities favors this job-hopping behavior more than the relative isolation of suburbia.”—
I’ve travelled every way possible, and I’ve learned you need only two things (besides good health): some time and money.
Here is what I learned from 40 years of traveling: Of the two modes, it is far better to have more time than money.
When you have abundant time you can get closer to core of a place. You can hang around and see what really happens. You can meet a wider variety of people. You can slow down until the hour that the secret vault is opened. You have enough time to learn some new words, to understand what the real prices are, to wait out the weather, to get to that place that takes a week in a jeep.
Money is an attempt to buy time, but it rarely is able to buy any of the above.