Russ takes you on a journey most only dream about and shows you how you too can find your Second Wind.
I know, when you read the first Second Wind post you thought, “This is impossible!”
But be honest, first you were deeply tempted and had run through some possibilities of your own… RIGHT?!? Now you’re here again trying to believe.
Well, we have proven that it is absolutely doable! However, like any new adventure the learning curve takes some getting used to; remember your first bike ride. After the initial wobbling the amazing experiences start kicking in.
I must admit our first adventures into third world countries were shocking and nerve racking. And we are still only part way up our learning curve.
But the, “Ew, how can they live like that?” has been overcome and we long ago stopped feeling sorry for those “less fortunate” than ourselves.
This gave way to meeting wonderful capable people (in their own worlds) with hearts and families, hopes and dreams, and a happiness seldom found among the “more fortunate”.
“Turn here dad, this is my street.” Through a churning humanity and total traffic chaos, our daughter led us to her little missionary house in the Philippines. The closer we got the more concerned I became. Then I could hardly fit the vehicle between the open sewer trenches on her street!
How could she survive this horrible terrible place among these crazy people for the past 18 months?
Quickly she got what she needed and whisked us off to meet some people. As we walked down her street I worriedly looked back at our rental car wondering if it would just be a shell when we returned. A midst the chaos we were suddenly in a Jeepney; a small bus converted from a World War II Jeep.
Inside the Jeepney my world began to change. “Oh Hi, Leesa this is my family,” our daughter declared. This neatly dressed, happy, and engaging young woman crammed in with the rest of us was a teacher at the local High School.
With new eyes I looked around at the others in the Jeepney. These were not scary poor, but real people, living mostly well in their own environment and culture.
I was the foreigner. It was my job to drop my precious prejudices of how the world should be and understand how to fit into their moment.
So Couch Potato, how do you truly experience the real world? I used to sit in my arm chair evaluating life from my flat screen, narrowed by what I was told, or based on my prejudices? Maybe you are as I was, a corporate junky consumed by climbing the ladder to… where exactly?
Our world can become so narrow especially during retirement.
The beauty of LIVING and traveling as we do is the adventure of real discovery and stretching our comfort zone. A TRUE SECOND WIND!! Stay Tuned.
ENJOY THE DAY AND DO GOOOD!
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