I awoke early this morning and decided to update the blog before work. I made a cup of coffee and got back in bed with the laptop…. yes there is internet, so I can update! As I sipped my coffee I realized how fortunate I am. I thought about how good I really have it, a great job, no debt (I recently sold a home back in the US… boy was that a relief…) and so many options! Work for a few more years or travel next Spring? I will need to decide next Spring! For now I want to enjoy life on a small tropical African Island called Bioko (Equatorial Guinea).
That brings me to my point about perspective and the American Dream. I have been happiest when I am on the road and traveling, least happy when I was slave to a huge mortgage. Most happy with a frying pan over a camp stove cooking some canned stew, least happy when trying to put together a “perfect” meal for the neighbors in a huge modern kitchen. I guess what I am saying is my American Dream is simple, to experience life to the fullest, travel, meet people, learn about their cultures… to see the world with my own eyes and not from the pages of a book! The big house, 2 cars and a country club membership might be the perfect American Dream for some but not for me. When my work here in Africa is complete, I will hit the road and be a full time gypsy, I want to see America via the back roads. So I guess my “American Dream” is still the ability to satisfy my addiction to Wander-Lust!!