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1. Posted by Jacaranda (Budding Member 61 posts) 7y

And on we go................

So yet again I meet myself at the cross roads and have to pick a direction to go.

North or South, East or West and anywhere else on the compass cardinal.

It should be stated that freedom can never actually be achieved. Freedom from one thing inadvertently leads to the lose of freedom in another aspect. There are times when things fall into place and for just a moment the universe sought of freezes and you scream, a scream of pure euphoria, in that moment you get a glimpse of what freedom might actually be. Then almost before that feeling began it is over. But that memory remains.

I was talking to an old lady, 80 years old and an ex-prostitute form Cuba. She still maintained an allurement that I guess a lifetime of satisfying others desires must bring. She was sweet, she was a grandmother, she was another person and she wanted to go home.

It is strange how many people I meet still tell me how lucky I am............Lucky to travel, lucky to have a job, lucky to have shoes, lucky to have money, the list goes on.

I wonder what my life would be like if I had no luck. And this leads me to think what is luck. Is it the series of events leading form my birth and towards my eventual demise. Does it actually even matter if we are lucky or not? I guess on a whole it depends on what you want and need. If you want a better job or hate your current one the person who is lucky is the one with a better job. If you want shoes a person wearing shoes is the lucky one.

If you want nothing the person with nothing is the lucky one then. I envy those in poverty while they envy me. We want the opposite of what we have.

I don't know what I want to do at the moment. I have an infinite amount of options.

So I am going to let everyone else decide..........

My freedom is yours.

My life is yours.

Lucky you?

2. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 7y

If you don't know what you want, how do you expect others to know what you want?!!! A trip to Antarctica is a memorable and great experience that I would love to do again, but you're a bit late for that unless you go next season or buy a yacht to do it yourself!

You have over 250 countries to choose from, go to one that is not run by terrorists, run by gang members (like a lot of Central America) under a bad dictatorship, in a war or under constant threat from a neighbouring country. Once in a safe(ish) country explore the most remote areas, mountainous, untouched part of the country miles from anywhere or anyone. Try not to live like a tourist and then you will feel more freedom. Going to a country and living like a rich tourist (or even a not so rich one) does not usually give you a taste of freedom but more a life that most people around the world would like. Living as a tourist you are always restricted with some things time usually being one of them and money being the main one.

3. Posted by Jacaranda (Budding Member 61 posts) 7y

A perfect answer....

I was curios as to what sought of replies would come up from that question. I never expected answers more preferable opinions, I belive I got one.

My guide book generally consist of a good topographic map of the country I am visiting.

I think people need not rely so heavily on guide books.

Put that book down and go for a walk.

Travel is a universal education and you can spend that time getting drunk with your friends or step out side your little circle take a deep breath and dive in. You learn how to swim real quick, just remember to relax.