Life is strange. We all struggle to find meaning and a justification for continuing. For some, it is truly about survival. For others lucky enough, including me, it is about self actualization. Why are we here? What is this all about? What the hell are we doing? Why do we continue? I have heard this from people all over the world. In fact, these are all universal questions that most of us struggle with throughout our lives and I am certainly not immune to these myself.
I leave for Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and beyond in the coming days. While it has been in the back of my mind for sometime now, I had far too much going on on a daily basis to contemplate what it meant too deeply. In fact, I've tried to ignore it. Hell, I bought the tickets months ago but life has driven it into the corners of my mind because of my limited capacity to handle it. Men, or at least me, don't generally multitask that well. Rather, we hit, kill, and eat the thing in front of us and then move onto the next thing that we hit, kill and eat. Ugh. Jack hungry. Where's my club. Well, you get the picture.
But this trip is different. For me, life has spun to a place that I finally needed to stop, just stop for a moment. And this trip is finally about slowing down and just sitting in the dirt and drawing pictures, building imaginary racetracks and using the rocks I find as racecars to imagine how I would handle the track. It is about sitting across from a group of monks and just laughing. Its about eating food I don't recognize and tasting things that aren't familar on my tongue. Its about listening. Talking. Another tattoo.
So, I hope you will join me on this little journey. It will include video, mostly from my I-Phone, audio, still photos and a lot of writing. Not too sure if it will be more introspective or not. In fact, I'm hoping that it will cover a broad spectrum, from introspective, to funny, to ridiculous.
In the end, I hope that you will hold my hand and follow me down the rabbit hole. Be my partner and know that we will come out the other side. I hope to come out with a little more clarity and understanding of some of those questions of life. If not, the food, the people, the experience is gonna be kick ass.
But know this, this is gonna be different. And consider, as I hum along and you see the tears run down my cheeks, I will feel nothing but glee. If we flop, it will still be my greatest success.