The Next Thing or Things

When you finish a thing, its time to find a new thing. No matter how old or young, we all need the next challenge or thing to do that will take us to the next great place. As I wrote, I finished a milestone of visiting a group of places along the pacific seaboard from San Diego to Vancouver over the past 4 years or so. I had decided way back in 2011 that I wanted to visit more places to walk  and see on my own terms. I could not go from 2011 to 2014 due to issues in my life which had to be overcome. In 2014, I started working on the so-called “bucket list”. I finished in 2017 this last week with the trip to Vancouver.

This leaves me with a new challenge of new directions to take. I’ve been saying here that next year early on I will stop working and retire from IT. Take the money I’ve saved, file for social security retirement and just leave. Since my vacations have corresponded to March and August this year, I will be departing from work end of February next year. A scant few months to end a work relationship, get rid of remaining stuff, and really pack it up and leave.

I won’t be doing any vacations or walking trips again until next March. But then, via Amtrak I will see more cities I have wanted to walk in like Chicago, Boston, and New York. I will also depart these shores for whatever time I am gone to Asia. I want to get back to Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, etc. India holds a special place so I will stay there and see the places I could not see before. I’ll retire and find a new life for myself that has new values and less of the old. The old me is still vindictive and when I drink too much I get mad at things. I guess call me human or something.

So, for awhile, I anticipate less blog posting about traveling because there won’t be any. I’ll focus on planning the real get away next March or so. I don’t know how long that lasts or what I’ll do. That’s up to then and this is only now.

A milestone claimed and another set. Life is forever worth it.

Author: Michael Perry

I've been blogging for over 20 years and now am living in Southeast Asia. The blog is about my slow vagabonding wherever I want to go. My home base is in Cambodia but I'm rarely there.