This is the last chapter I will write about what I’m going to be doing in the future.
From here on out I will be reporting on what I’m actually doing.
These first 10 chapters were a good exercise for me. It got me writing on a daily basis. It helped me flesh out some ideas. It made me think about what I wanted to accomplish. It forced me to set some scary goals. But most importantly, it helped me focus on what is in this for you.
You see, as much as I would love you to physically join me on my trip to every state in the continental USA, they don’t make a clown car big enough for all of us to squeeze in. So the best I can do is let you come along for the ride via the internet. And I hope that’s enough to get you excited about traveling, if that is one of your dreams.
If accompanying me on my journey isn’t enough to inspire you to do your own thing, consider this. In a very recent survey in which 2000 Baby Boomers were questioned, one fifth of them said not traveling enough was their biggest regret in life. And over a quarter of them said losing contact with friends was their biggest regret. So if these sentiments resonate with you at all, and you are physically and financial able, I urge you to get…out…of…town! It doesn’t have to be somewhere distant or extravagant, it could be just somewhere pretty, exciting, unique or just somewhere you can reconnect with a loved one.
I would be remiss in closing this last pre-travel chapter if I didn’t give proper credit to someone who helped plant the seed for this trip. In a U&Improved Personal Development class I took from my longtime friend and gym training partner, Jodi Low, we all went through a visualization process. We were told to dream of something great in our very near future and then paint a picture of it. So I painted this picture of my book called The Road Les Traveled (which is a pun because of a truly famous book with the exact same name minus one “s”) set against a blue sky.
Now granted, I know that Michelangelo would have me flogged for saying that it is art, but the point is that it did what art is supposed to do – it spoke to me. Every time I looked at it, it said, “Hey, Loser! This book ain’t gonna write itself!” Okay, so my subconscious can be a little rough at times. But the point is, it got me moving.
And now the rest of it is up to me.
Because we’re on this trip together, remember?
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