I think, "What the heck am I
doing with my life? -- Running around the world, photographing
communities, eating noodle soup from
street vendors, or sitting in myThailand pool side office, teaching the staff English.
I consider my friend who lives on Maui and is constructing a
million dollar home, and I dream about that kind of life; fishing, sailing,
beaches and a laidback lifestyle. Or like my good friends who live in an
upscale community in
Arizona, with golf and tennis everywhere. Why
couldn’t I be happy with that? Or perhaps an approach to life more like our friends in
Argentina who just completed a house the size of a castle, just to
entertain. Would I be satisfied there?
Recently I read a online blog about living in an RV directly on the coast
of Baja, Mexico,
eating fish tacos and sipping margaritas!
A simple life. Now
what I call living.
I'm the one on the Right!
For our latest
adventure, we had a laundry list of travel destinations: Cambodia,
and possibly a safari in Kenya. We bought books and did some research.
We had just finished writing and producing our popular book, The
Adventurer's Guide to Early Retirement, and
then returned to
Thailand for some R&R.
Flexibility is the key to our lifestyle, and
surprisingly, we have not traveled to any of those locations after living eight months here.
So what happened?
We were invited to have an audio interview with Dr. Cynthia Barnett,
Retirement Specialist, and that
propelled us into producing a
with Good Morning Chiangmai NEWS. Akaisha spoke at an International Living
conference while I managed our website, learning more about software than I
would like to admit. Robert Brokamp from The Motley Fool
asked us to write a few articles for the newsletter, and we were happy to do so.
Continuing to manage book sales - personally
replying to each order - we finally produced our book so that it’s available via
All during our time here in Thailand we’ve enjoyed
a constant stream of visitors,
including new friends that found us by purchasing our book. One of them was
(before he met his wife, Winnie) from Go Curry Cracker!
None of this was planned. Remember, our
intentions were to travel!
It's a lifestyle, not a vacation is one of the chapters in
our book and our manner of living
clearly embodies this mantra. We enjoy each moment, not rushing to get to the
next destination. Happily stuck in
Mai, Thailand, we look forward to
receiving our five-dollar, two-hour massages regularly.
So, perhaps the grass is always greener just around the next turn, or across the next border or into a far away country, but wherever it is, I want to continue looking
Maybe when Akaisha and I are grown up we’ll have
that condo in “Boca” but until
then I keep reminding myself, there are many ways to live a life.