The Legend of a Lady Samurai Artist: Erin Lynne

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Erin Lynne is a wonderful artist, a beautiful woman and one of the bravest person I’ve ever happened to meet.

She’s definitely part of my own path.

Between 2012 and 2014, I was a student at Wall Street Institute School of English.

My purpose was to improve my english enough so to publish proper english posts on this blog and be able to write professional english books’ drafts if I had too.

In Spring 2013, I happened to meet with Erin. She was one of my Wall Street Institute Learning Center’s teachers.

During the encounters I had with her, we rapidly talked about our personal projects and the vision we had about being citizen of the world in our modern age.

At that time, Erin told me she  would one day write novels.

She wanted to be an author.

One day seems now to be an understatement since her novel is already available; less than one year after we just met.

‘What happened?’ may you ask.

Life. Just life.

During many months I didn’t happpen to meet with Erin because she had  been victim of a terrible motorcycle accident in Summer 2013.

Hurt in her flesh, while others would have been overwhelmed by pain, sadness and wrath, she just stood up, kept her beautiful smile up and embraced her samurai’s destiny so to become the artist she’s always been.

In 2013, I offered her to post an interview of her on this very blog.

But we weren’t actually ready to do so.

Now we are.

And here she is.

Enjoy!

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Hi Erin, can you tell us a bit about yourself ?

It’s always a bit delicate to talk about oneself, not wanting to say too much or too little and certainly not wishing to bore anyone. If I had to say something about myself, I’d say that I hope to affect at least one person’s life each day in a positive way.

It seems you want to promote a lifestyle out of your art. What are the pillars of your vision and the activity you want to create?

One could imagine by looking at my paintings that I’m often sad. This is not the case. I just feel that we should be in communication with our feelings, understand them and express them with care. How can we expect anyone to understand how we’re feeling if we’re unable to comprehend it ourselves?

I don’t ever expect anyone to look at my art and think I’m an artist and my work is fantastic. I do it solely for myself. That might sound selfish, but it brings me so much joy to spend my time creating. So I don’t go at it with a specific vision in mind, and am always fascinated to know what others perceive. I suppose it’s more the idea of sharing a piece of myself to those I care about that interests me the most.

Samurais embraced an holistic approach so to live their warrior lives : they wouldn’t accept to be reduced as katana’s masters. They had to study philosophy, painting, poetry and literature. Their blows had to be loaded with any part of their learnings, culture, feelings and DNA. You seem to behave likewise, going from painting to writing. How would you describe yourself and how do you move to a writer mindset to a painter’s ?

It’s fundamental to study in order to build one’s mind and progress as a human being. In my opinion, it’s learning philosophy, painting, poetry and literature that opens that emotional passageway, which then allows one to focus on a situation more rationally. It does seem as though I would have been an excellent Samurais.

I actually began with writing and moved towards drawing and painting later. I read a book once on artists from the Italian Renaissance, including Leonardo Da Vinci. Da Vinci said that paintings were more valuable than any written work because we could truly capture an image as is. I still disagree with him—both hold equal significance, to me—, but it did open up my mind to the possibility of painting as a respected asset.

It never crossed my mind that I could paint the jacket of my novels. It just worked out that way. I am someone who despises waiting on anyone, and I also hate when others wait on me. So I’d rather do things myself. It’s more personal, too.

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You’ve been through very hard times in 2013; you had to get in a battlefield you didn’t really choose. Would you want to tell us a bit about what happened to you and share the feelings you experienced?

Despite what others may say and think about the year 2013, I believe it was an exceptional year. I began completing my first year in the journalism master’s program fall 2012, but had to quit and find a job in order to pay rent. Following that decision—one of the best I’ve ever made—, I was quickly hired at the English institute.

The same day I was informed of my acceptance as a teacher there, the arrival of my first nephew was announced. It was a day to remember. I can still see my grey motorcycle parked outside the institute, the blue sky above and the passer-bys. Then I tempted what seemed impossible: a journalism internship, though I had quit the program. And there you go.

A few months before my accident, I started working at Virtual Expo as Secrétaire de Redaction-stagiere for their magazine. Oh, my mind kept budding—and still is. What an incredible experience. We interviewed architects like Rudy Ricciotti, and visited new structures like the FRAC in Marseille. They loved my work and asked me to stay full-time.

I awoke August 9 in the hospital, oblivious to my motorcycle accident. There I saw my parents by my side, and I smiled. Then my sister, and I understood. I’d had an accident with a police officer. Who was at fault? Someone ran a red light. Who? We don’t know. The investigation cannot prove who is at fault.

Then friends called and visited. So many people who I cherish sincerely showed concern. I felt truly loved. It was by far the most valuable experience of 2013, to feel so much love and kindness.

The situation is physically and psychologically challenging, but if all I need to do now is adjust to a new facial “look,” then I suppose I’m doing fine. I do, however, miss that little nose I once had.

In which way this events had an influence on your perception regarding life and how did it help you to actually become the artist you’ve always been ?

Most of all, it seems to have given me more time to create. It didn’t alter my perception regarding life, only reinforced it. I’ve always thought that moments with those we care about is the most important element of living. To share smiles, laughter, stories, sadness… For me, that is the reason to live. It did, though, give me the chance to witness so much kindness in people, both foreign and familiar. An absent quality in the character of many. I am convinced, now, that there are more kind individuals than I had believed possible.

Being a free artist can be rewarding in terms of creativity, freedom, challenges and lifestyle design . What are the best rewards you get from this status?

True. When the stress of selling one’s art is eliminated, all that’s left is the pleasure of creating. I have absolutely no desire to sell my paintings. They’re a part of me. The best reward, for me, would be looking at a painting I’ve completed that’s actually good and think, “Wow, I did that!”

As an artist, what are the bad emotions you have to deal with: frustration, fear ….? Whatever. Tell us about the personal fight you have to undergo to make your dreams come true.

Sometimes pieces don’t turn out exactly how I’d like, but it’s really okay. I suppose a part of me does hope that others will enjoy my art, so a fear of rejection could be an underlying emotion.

Could you tell us a bit about your forthcoming exhibition on 18th, June in Marseilles?

This is the very first time I’ll be holding an art expo. It’s actually to celebrate the publication of my first novel. When I was in the hospital—unable to eat anything solid since my jaw was wired shut—, all I could think about was having magret de canard aux figues at the Café des Arts restaurant in Vallon des Auffes, near where I live. As soon as I could finally eat real food—jaw free of wires—, I went there. And I went there over and over again to where the owners now know me personally. They saw my physical transition—and I’m still transitioning. It seemed right that I hold the expo there, and they were so kind to accept.

The art expo will be set up in the room upstairs, while the downstairs is designated for apéro and a buffet. I hope to create a space upstairs to revive a specific emotion in my guests. My goal is to celebrate Imperfections with those I appreciate, and those they appreciate, by generating a relaxed atmosphere in the restaurant area. It is such a beautiful restaurant.

You moved out from United States so to live in Marseille, France. Do you see yourself as an American, a citizen of the world or both?

I really love this question. It’s something I often think about. A friend once described herself as a nomad, belonging to many cultures. The expression “Home is where the heart is” sums it up for me. Wherever I go, I feel as though I belong there. It has taken me a lot of time to grasp the emotional feeling of being accustomed to life here. It was a struggle getting over the cultural humps, but I never felt I shouldn’t be here. I always held the idea that I simply needed to learn how to merge. Another expression “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” comes to mind.

If someone invites you to their house, it’s an honor. When you go to their house, you often adjust your habits to mingle with theirs, to show them respect. I suppose with this in mind you might think that makes me a long-term guest. While I feel that this is my home now, I must recognize that I am still a guest.

In which way moving out from America to France helped you to embrace your Artist status? Did that change anything?

Oh, I only began recognizing any artistic talent in 2009 while I was completing a TEFL course in Brittany, France. I had already moved to Marseille in 2008, but went for a diploma to teach English as a second language. Radical. I’ll never forget that. The teacher told us that we had to use flashcards with both a picture and a word, and that we had to do both ourselves. I was freaking out a bit, because at that point I had absolutely no drawing skills—that I knew of.

And if I hadn’t drawn Pink Panther exactly as he was in the image I was looking at, I would never have known.

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As independant workers, we have to envision part of our future and sometimes we pray destiny for a bit of help. Hence, if you had one wish to formulate, what would you ask for yourself, your activity ?

Hmm. A friend once wrote, in describing my character, that I had no real plans for my future. Every time I re-read that, it makes me laugh. It’s true. I’m just having fun with life. But, if I had to ask for anything on a professional level, it’d be to succeed in writing and painting for the rest of my life, and to explore other materials.

What are you going to do for you next 35 years? What are your next moves as an artist or a citizen of the world ? Or at least, what kind of main lead are you going to follow?

As you can imagine from my previous response, I have no idea. Planning so far ahead seems pointless to me, since we don’t know how long we have here on this little planet of ours. It also makes me feel like I’m stuck in a box and can’t get out—I’m a tad claustrophobic.

However, I can say that I’ve already begun a second novel, and have intentions of publishing a book of short stories.

Please give your website, social networks so readers can contact you.

Thank you so much for this opportunity, Laurent. It was fun.

Thanks again!!

Erin Lynne

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Thanks to you Erin.

See you soon for your first exhibition.

Laurent.

 

Legend of a Lady Samurai Entrepreneur: Elizabeth Jane Plummer

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In July 2012, as I decided to improve my english language mastery, I joined  Wall Street Institute (WSI) English Teaching Program as a student. My purpose was to speak, read and understand english language as far as I could so to run this blog properly and write good english coaching books’ drafts.

During these eighteen months, I had the chance to meet with Elizabeth Jane Plummer, a british native WSI teacher who lives in Marseilles, France; works as a teacher and runs a small yet awesome T-Shirt Online Business.

If you follow this blog’s feed, you might remember that, in early 2013, Dec I published Cristina Luisa’s interview, in a post called ‘The Legend of a Lady Samurai Traveler’.

Today, let me introduce you with Elizabeth Jane Plummer, a true Lady Samurai Entrepreneur who fully embraces her citizen-of-the-world status and lives her life through travels, entrepreneurship, responsability and dreams.

 

Hi Elizabeth, can you tell us a bit about you and your business ‘The Lost Travel TShirt Company’?

Hello, I am a young Englishwoman living in Marseille, France. I started The Lost Travel TShirt Company as a personal project to combine fashion, photography and travel, three things which fill my life with fun! I teach English as well as working on my business and taking photographs on my travels.

It seems you want to promote a lifestyle out of your business. What are the pillars of your vision and the activity you want to create?

Firstly, I think everyone can understand the passion for travel and freedom that moves me. On top of that, making an effort to be more eco-friendly and ethically minded, taking care of the things we buy and eat, the people we meet, the judgements we make, are all very important pillars in my life.

Being an Internet Entrepreneur can be rewarding in terms of creativity, freedom, challenges and lifestyle design . What are the best rewards you get from this status?

Freedom to choose who I work with, when I do my work, and how I reach the people I want to reach are central. I can also combine the freedom of working both from home and abroad while travelling, which is what I ultimately what I hope to do as The Lost Travel TShirt Company grows.

As a self-employee, what are the bad emotions you have to deal with: frustration, fear …. ? Whatever. Tell us about the personal fight you have to undergo to make your dreams come true.

Confidence is key, as people often say. And yes, sometimes a lack of confidence in what I am doing can be negative on the progress I want to make. Being able to recognise that negativity is a good first step. Next step, to overcome it by putting Lost Travel TShirt out there as much as possible and having the faith that most people I reach out to are of a kindred spirit in terms of eco, ethical and open-mindedness.

You moved out from England to live in Marseille, France. Do you see yourself as a British woman, a citizen of the world or both?

Both! Equally! I was born in Singapore, grew up in South Africa, England and Scotland, then moved to Spain after graduating. Now I’m in France, which I love, but I am always looking to explore further and further!!

In which way moving out from England to France helped you to embrace your Entrepreneur status? Did that change anything?

Being a foreigner can give you both a feeling of freedom in that you feel like you can go anywhere and be anyone and do anything. On the other hand, the language and culture can be a barrier. If you let it. It depends on the day!

As entrepreneurs we have to envision part of our future and sometimes we pray to destiny for a bit of help. Hence, if you had one wish to make, what would you ask for yourself, your business?

One wish? To meet someone who works at Vogue!

What are you going to do for you next 35 years? Or at least, what kind of main direction are you going to follow?

I am going to keep travelling, keep exploring, keep taking photographs, keep having fun and creating a warm, comfortable home, keep drinking tea and working on Lost Travel TShirt, and keep inspiring those around me to do the same. Hopefully!

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The Musician Samurai Hymn

by Laurent Boghossian

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We are legion, we are musicians
We are martial artists
We are samurais and ninjas
Music is our shogun, our soul is our blade

We are inspired and fearless
We think we can change the world
And one day, we will
It’s in our soul and in our flesh
Our inner music makes us different
It gives us a sense of eternity
A sense of purpose on Earth, a quest to undergo

We are legion, we are musicians
We are martial artists
We are samurais and ninjas
Music is our shogun, our soul is our blade

You may have money, yet you are alone
We may have nothing, yet we have power
We are connected through a world warp
We can raise a crowd with one note
We can make music out of a single spoon
We can put a melody into anybody’s mind
And none of you could ever subtract it.

We are legion, we are musicians
We are martial artists
We are samurais and ninjas
Music is our shogun, our soul is our blade

We can reach 10.000 people hearts in one song
And send them back our love in one note
Don’t forget us, don’t forget this
Our inner music will outlive us

We are legion
We are musicians, yet we are warriors
We are artists, yet we are strong

We are legion, we are musicians
We are martial artists
We are samurais and ninjas
Music is our shogun, our soul is our blade

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Legend of a Lady Samurai Traveler: Cristina Luisa

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Internet has the power to make beautiful things happen.

You can feel all alone, checking your emails or your latest twitter mentions, without a single interaction, when all of a sudden, out of the blue, something totally unexpected happens.

Lately, as I was tweeting about ‘The Musician Samurai Code’, trying to promote its forthcoming release, I had the chance and honor to unexpectedily meet with Cristina Luisa – traveler, writer and dreamer – as she defines herself.

Since then, we talked a lot and I soon realized that, in its own way, she’s started her own Samurai’s path. She broke some conformity rules, she faces herself on a daily basis and takes risks so to live the life she’s been dreaming of for a lifetime; without complaining about the probable consequences of an uncommon way of living.

A true Lady Samurai attitude. No question about it.

Consequently I decided to give her the opportunity to tell us about her blog, the people she meets, her past life, her dreams, her choices and exciting forthcoming projects.

I really hope you’ll enjoy meeting with this passionate and wonderful woman and you could relate to her beautiful and inspiring path as much as I do in many ways.

Enjoy and spread this story as far as you can.

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Hi Cristina, can you tell us just a few words about you, your job and what your passions are?

Hello and thank you so much for the opportunity to be interviewed. I am honored and excited to share my thoughts with 35 Next Years. If I had to choose just three words that best describe me, they would be: traveler, writer, and dreamer.

Academically, I hold a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA in American Literature and Culture, with a minor in Biological Anthropology, and a Master’s Degree from SDSU in Latin American Studies. While travel has come to define me far more than my education, the latter deeply reflects my interests. I love to write, and literature has been a huge part of my life since I was a child. In terms of Biological Anthropology, I am a strong believer in evolution and mainly chose this minor because it allowed me to study the idiosyncrasies of primate behavior. Lastly, I devoted myself to the interdisciplinary study of Latin American Art History and Political Science because of the time I spent living and traveling throughout Mexico and South America. I wanted to learn more about the politics that dictated everyday life, as well as the art that often resulted as protest or propaganda. Also, I wanted to see more of Latin America, as well as learn another language- Brazilian Portuguese.

Aside from my education, I am a passionate, free-spirited, ever-curious and compassionate person. I can communicate and identify with a myriad of people, whether or not we speak the same language. I love adventure, the unknown, and laughter. I don’t do well conforming to rules or societal expectations. Also, I am an avid daydreamer.

By profession, I am a freelance writer. Copywriting, social media promotion, web content, resume writing, editing, ghost writing and PR are just some of the writing hats I adorn. I am also a travel writer.

In terms of passions, mine is quite a lengthy list. Whether it’s writing, travel, human rights, animal rights, adventure, music, visual arts, nature, positivity, books, linguistics, poetry, truth-seeking, or meeting new people, I’m down for it, 150%. I also am trying to become a better photographer.

On a daily basis you travel, you blog and write travel chronicles on http://chroniclesofatraveladdict.com. However, these aren’t just simple activities: they are part of a lifestyle, an art of living. Could you tell us a bit about the way you want to nurture this way of living?

Yes, you are absolutely right in that I live a completely different lifestyle than most. Every day, my life revolves around travel in one way or another. If I’m not doing it, writing about it, researching it, reminiscing about it, or planning it, I am most definitely dreaming about it. My lifestyle, as you said, is a type of art. It is easy to have an 8-5 kind of job, being a “weekend warrior”, but there are many sacrifices that come with my way of life. However, the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks and I wouldn’t want it otherwise.

I currently nurture my way of life by working as much as I possibly can. Freelance can be an unsteady means of income, and it’s nice to have reserves when the free time rolls around and I want to travel. My ultimate goal is to sustain myself economically with my travel writing. As such, when I’m not traveling, I continuously scour the internet researching different destinations and keeping myself up-to-date with what’s going on in the world. In addition to reading National Geographic, Matador, Gogobot, and watching the Travel Channel (not to mention Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown”), I take advantage of all the wonderful travel blogs out there. Doing this, as well as attending events such as Travel Massive, keeps me involved in the ever-growing global travel community. This keeps me focused on my goals, inspired, determined, and ever-more productive.

My motto is ‘Life is learning’, which summarizes the fact I’m hungry with knowledge and new levels of understanding. In your case, what did you learn from your travels you never really thought you would?

I completely agree that life is one perpetual learning session. The beauty of travel is that you never really know what you will learn. It is a journey into the unknown, and each country, city, and town hold many surprises yet to be discovered. When traveling to a destination, I usually have some preconceived idea, a visual image, of what I think it’ll be like. Normally, it’s very different than what I thought. One thing travel has taught me is that I have a never-ending capacity to be moved, to connect with others, and to learn new things about myself. Whenever I go to a new destination, I aim to learn about the local culture, customs, language, and history. I think the most important part is, however, that each new place teaches me something I never expected to know about myself, my boundaries, and my courage.

 

During the past few years you met a lot of people around the world; what did you figure out about human beings during these trips?

Over the last 11 years I have been traveling, I’ve met many unique people from all regions of the world. Many of these people have become very close friends, no matter the distance. I have lost touch with many more people, but I can’t say that their presence in my life was any less significant, however. Meeting all of these beautiful souls has given me a very solid belief in the kindness and generosity of strangers. I was always taught to be leery about trusting in people, and while that is still sometimes a concern, I think that people overall want to do good. No one wakes up in the morning aiming to be an asshole. Maybe circumstances have made that person act out in a certain way, but that is not the human condition.

Human beings are very curious creatures, with a variety of belief systems, politics, religions, cultural practices, superstitions, aspirations, and so on. However, the more I get to know a wide array of people from across the globe, I can say that we all have certain fundamental desires. We all want to be loved and understood. We are all seeking the reason why we are here on earth. We are all doing the best we can to understand this crazy thing called life. We all want to be part of some kind of community. Many of us don’t agree with the society in which we live, nor the government that rules us. Most of us love to celebrate life in whatever way we deem acceptable, whether it be through festivals, shrines, meditations, or parties. Being alive is difficult, but it’s a gorgeous thing. We all want to be happy and successful, yet neither of those words have cookie-cutter definitions. Most of us would like to be rich, but only because of the illusion of happiness it brings.

Honestly, don’t you feel a bit homesick sometimes? Or do you feel well wherever you unpack?

This is a great question! 99% percent of the time, I never get homesick. I may miss my parents, relatives, good friends, and dog all the time when I’m abroad- but most often the thought of wanting to go home dissipates within a minute or two. Mainly, I just wish the people I love could accompany me and enjoy everything that I’m taking in. Realistically, however, that wouldn’t be possible for many of them because of the lifestyles they have chosen.

As I spoke of recently on a podcast, some of my best friends are spread throughout the world. I miss them all the time I’m away, but it also brings into question the definition of home. In my early twenties, backpacking throughout South America, I longingly wondered where my home was. San Jose, CA- my hometown- surely wasn’t it. That’s where I grew up, but not where I feel at home.

I sought to find one singular location where I felt at home. Over the years, I found certain places, like San Francisco, Guanajuato, Quito, Sao Paulo, and Hanoi, where I felt extremely comfortable. I either did or would have loved to live in these locations. However, that stirring feeling never left me. I guess this is why I don’t really get homesick- “home” is an ever-changing place for me. It’s where I feel comfortable, where I am happy, and that place can easily change from one day, one week, or one month to another.

All in all, “home” is where I am in the present, as long as I am happy to be there, learning, and feeling peace within myself.

Living on the road, meeting with people from all around the world must help you find yourself a bit more every day. When I want to be a bit of provocative, I say that, the more we meet people, the more we are alone, inwardly speaking. Don’t you think that creating an unexpected and uncommon life, leads to get out of the mould, consequently getting us to undertake a loneliness path?

You are absolutely correct. Meeting people from all walks of life, from all areas of the globe, readily makes one realize one’s truth. Preconceived ideas quickly dissipate. Living a life on the road, no matter how rewarding, tends to isolate us travelers. It is a completely different way of life that not many “off the road” can understand. In a way, I can see how you would state that this would be considered a path of “loneliness”.

As a solo traveler, though, I will argue that being on the road, constantly meeting and connecting with like-minded people, is much less lonely than living in one’s hometown, where no one gets your ambitions or passions. My life is definitely uncommon, and one which my loved ones would have hoped against. However, getting “out of the mould” of society, living life freely and open-mindedly, is absolute freedom to me. Within that freedom, loneliness is but an illusion.

In many ways, if you read my story, you could get that I can easily relate to yours, even if I don’t travel so much. By the way, even if I live the life I want to live, as any human being, I sometimes have to face bad emotions, which are necessary to improve. Hence, what about yours? Since a lot of people tend to idealize an ‘I-want-to-be-myself’ art of living, could you tell us a bit what part of toughness your lifestyle implies?

As you know, being yourself is not easy. I completely relate to your life story and feel that we have both struggled greatly to achieve a sense of happiness. Misery, broken relationships, misunderstanding, confusion, and a terrifying leap into the unknown were all part of my evolution, as I believe they were for you. I knew I wanted to be an artist since I was a child, but there was always the conformation complex. Even though I opted to study what I wanted for both of my degrees, there was always a guilty pull to find a “normal”, “real” job.

I worked for years as an Administrative Assistant, behind a desk, watching the hands of the clock crawl in circles, trying not to fall asleep. If I was lucky enough to have a window by me, I would stare outside and daydream. What was out there? What was I missing out on? And so, for years, I would work these dreadful jobs, save up, then get the hell out of the country. It was a torturous cycle of extreme happiness, exploration, freedom, growth, and then back into the cage of normalcy.

Just earlier this year, I found myself 31 years old, seldom freelancing, recently separated from my ex-fiancé, and miserable. I hadn’t traveled internationally for five years and it was tearing me apart, day by day. Like you, I knew something had to change. I didn’t know exactly what, but I had to do something. And so, I began my travel therapy. Pieces of my life’s puzzle slowly fused together, the fog in my mind cleared, and I once again got to know myself. I decided that I was meant to write and travel. This was my path and to this I would dedicate my existence.

You’re absolutely right; many people idealize my lifestyle and often tell me they wish they were brave enough to live like I do. They are right in that this “art of living” takes courage, but it isn’t easy. Sure, I get to travel the world, meet interesting people from all walks of life, and work wherever and whenever I decide. I can even work in my pajamas, which is super cool. When you said, “I don’t like the idea that my boss can do whatever he wants with my time, my skills, my thoughts,” I completely understood what you felt. I want to own my time, own my life, and this means I have to make many sacrifices.

There is no safety net in my life. Paid work, and thereby income, does not come routinely every two weeks. Sometimes I have to work 14 hour days, seven days a week. Other times, there is no work for weeks at a time. I constantly have to scout new, potential clients. Since my goal is to sustain myself as a travel writer, in my “free time” I write about travel. Then there is the incessant networking, social media promotion, and so on.

What I do is far more work than a full-time job. 24 hours a day, seven days a week, I am painstakingly carving out a place for myself in the world of travel writing. The uncertainty of the outcome can be daunting. I don’t know if I will ever be able to obtain the status of a lucrative travel writer. What I do know is that I have no choice but to find out, and enjoy every moment of the journey. All in all, taking ownership of my time, reality, and dreams outweighs any setback, beyond question.

After reading your inspiring and thought-provoking post about ‘The truth about addiction’, one can easily understand you have a fire inside of you, a bursting flame which is could be defined by ‘Living is traveling’. I can relate to that too. I could explode or implode if someone would try to stop me thinking, writing etc… Sometimes I say to myself that, when I’m really at peace, I won’t have to deploy so much energy and the fire will calm down. What about you? Do you see yourself as a never-ending traveller? To summarize my question: what are you going to do for the next 35 years? J

 

Thank you for the compliment. I most certainly have a fire inside of me, and if it is not tended to, it at times grows into a conflagration of demand. I believe that is why I decided to change my lifestyle, because I had abandoned my passion for so long. It consumed me to the point that I had no choice but to listen to what that fire was saying. It told me that I was not alive, that I was living a zombie-like existence, wasting my precious hours away. This revelation saved me, resuscitated me, and gave life back to me.

Because I feel at peace only when I am traveling, I don’t think that my quest to see and explore the world will ever stop. I don’t want it to. As I discussed in “The Truth about Addiction”, I only feel really, truly alive when I am on the road. It’s not a luxury for me; it’s a necessity, like oxygen. Travel is an integral part of my being.

I do envision myself as an eternal wanderer. The next 35 years of my life, I see myself continuing to write, explore, learn, and obviously, travel.  I will take my writing and photography skills to new levels, and have my work published more and more extensively. Travel stories will manifest into books I’ve written. Hosting a travel show would also be a wondrous accomplishment.

Eventually, it would be quite beautiful to fall in love again and have children. This hypothetical family, of course, would be nomadic as well. All in all, I’m not quite sure what the future will bring me. I do know however, that it will involve an overwhelming amount of travel and writing, not to mention savoring the life I was meant to live.

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