*”and thanks for all the fish” from the Hitchhiker Guide to the Galaxy – read the book
So this is it. The day is finally here. My last day at work and I will begin my new journey on Monday. This is a journey that started a very long time ago. I knew I wanted to do it ever since I was young. When I was a kid I was the one how went off by himself just to see what was around the corner. I lost the RE focus along the way but now I have found it. When we focus on school and work we tend to lose focus on what is important in life. I think what if important is the same all around the world – family, friends, fun, love, and laughter. I know I don’t have enough of any of those things and have to work on them.
Some religions believe we are living this existence because we have something to learn so that we can go onto the next level. I don’t believe this but I do believe we have things to learn that would make us happy in this world. What we have to learn is different for each of us. Whatever is holding you back from RE (i.e. your fears) may be what you have to learn.
Do I have fears? Yes, but I also appreciate the opportunity I have and it would be wrong not to allow my fears to steal my future happiness. I think that is what others that have retired have mean that after awhile you wonder why you didn’t do it earlier.
Thanks for all the help along the way. It is a difficult journey and I know there are things that can trip me up but I appreciate the life I have and will try to do good with it. I’ll be traveling some but will try to keep in touch with the board.
If you are thinking about RE write down all the reason why you don’t do it. Then think of those reasons as the bars to your cell – holding you in a prison of you own making. Work on eliminating those bars so you will be able to walk out of that prison.
For all of you new to the board I’ve pasted links below the threads I started along the way that you may find interesting.
If you were to ask me the kind of life I would like it would be comprised of a little of:
with a dash of growing mentally, a dollop of robust physical activity, a pinch spiritual growth, and an excess of love and laughter.
When I was young the scene from “Then Came Bronson” spoke to me when I saw it. It says what I am about to do and those I leave behind.
“Then Came Bronson”
Opening scene: busy city street...a harried businessman at a stoplight turns to his left, where a young man is revving his motorcycle, and asks...)
"Taking a trip?
"Taking a trip."
"Oh, I don't know...wherever I end up, I guess."
"Pal, I wish I was you."
"Really?...well...hang in there."
The businessman smiles wistfully and nods. The light changes, and off goes the laconic motorcyclist, gunning it out of the city, toward open space and adventure.
The cyclist is Jim Bronson. Although his economy of speech would not suggest it, he is freshly an ex-newspaperman.
Only a few days earlier, a friend, Nick, had lepta to his death from a bridge, but not before asking Jim to buy back the motorcycle from his soon-to-be widow. Jim had originally owned and customized the bike, then sold it to Nick when he became a reporter.
Bronson began thinking about the meaning of his own life. He decided to quit the rat race, simplify, see the country, visit some old friends and discover what life would put in his path.
That is the premise of the 1969-70 NBC series, Then Came Bronson, starring Michael Parks.
Easy Rider was a hit in 1969, a movie about two young counter-culture cyclists looking for the "real" America. Perhaps Middle America was not quite ready for that story on the small screen, but "Then Came Bronson" expressed some of the themes of that movie in a way more palatable to the mass audience (the pilot movie was completed before Easy Rider hit the screen, so TCB was not an Easy Rider knockoff.)
The idea of getting back to basics was "blowin' in the wind" at that time. "Natural" food, ecology and hippie communes were other expressions of this philosophy. However, promotional literature assured us that "for the necessities of life, Bronson works". He owned only his motorcycle, his bedroll and the clothes on his back. Those clothes usually consisted of corduroy pants, black tee shirt, leather jacket, and watch cap (according to Michael Parks, he took this costume from the Jack London bio, Sailor on Horseback).
The two hour pilot movie told the story of how Bronson began his peregrination. Martin Sheen was Nick. Bonnie Bedelia played a runaway bride. After a rocky first meeting and some character-revealing incident, Bronson develops feelings for her that conflict with his need to continue his journey and come to peace with himself.
Then came Bronson
First Post to the board – it now seems a bit naive.
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