Thursday, October 18, 2007

Entry for October 18, 2007


So I've noticed that I'm a bit spontaneous.  It's not really a revelation, per se.  I mean, I've known it for quite a while.  For a long time, really.  But the spontaneity happened again.  It's what I wrote about yesterday.  But today it became reality.

I am going through with my plan.  I just got off the phone with a guy, and I booked a ticket to Spain.  Come next Wednesday, I'll be one country over.  If all goes well, that should be my fifth country (counting Scotland and England separately) in just over a couple of months.

And I think that's where I am going to end in my conquest of Europe.  For now anyway.  I have been thinking long and hard today about trying to see Spain, France, and Germany before the wedding, and I think I may have been able to do so.  I mean, I have an entire month left...

But I'm spontaneous.  And I am going to forego those two countries for something else.  Something different.  It could prove to be a decision I'll look back upon and wonder why I did it.  But I'm thinking probably not.  There come opportunities sometimes only once in a person's life.  And I think one of those is here now.

The wedding is in 37 days (make sure that groom is aware of this!  He's got some crazy single living to do before then!).

I'm beginning to wonder now when and how I'll come back to Europe.  A couple of weeks ago, I was ready to be back in the States.  I was ready to start extensive pilot training (and I am actually still very much looking forward to that).  But after I came over that 2-month bubble last week, it hit me.  I only have one month left.  I only have four weeks left!

And all of a sudden, the dream became a dream again.  I have so much to do, so little time!  What was once far off (over a month away!) now turned to weeks.  And I still have Spain, France, Italy, Morocco, Germany, Greece, and on and on and on.  And Brazil...and China...

It took me several weeks of traveling to realize it, but God made this world BIG.  Very big.  Like the stars and the universe, it doesn't really even make sense to me.  We think we become world-travelers, but in reality we only see a tiny speck of what is here.  Whether we've seen 5 countries or 45, it's really nothing.  We simply cannot see the world.  Utterly and totally impossible.  But I can (and will!) be a traveling man the rest of my life.  I'm not at all discouraged by these realizations.  I'm actually even in more wonder and awe.  There will always be something to see.  It's finding the healthy balance of being content where you are but never losing dreams, fascination, wonder, and the desire to explore.

Right now I have both.  It's a great place to be.

Now to look ahead a little bit...The next week should be quite enjoyable.  I have a cook-out tomorrow night, a whole hog roast and party Saturday, an American steak party on Sunday, a birthday party and more food on Monday.  And then come Tuesday or Wednesday, I'll be fixin' to head to Spain.

And then I hope to fulfill a little dream of mine.  If all goes well, it is going to be quite a crazy last few weeks.

But like I said, I'll show you pictures.

37 days.  So much to do.  So little time.

2007-10-18 17:03:15 GMT

1 comment:

  1. Author:Anonymous
    Hey man, have fun in Spain. It is fun to check out your blog every once in a while. I wish me and Amy were in Europe right now, but it didn't work out that way. Oh well, one day, if the Lord permits. Keep it real.
    2007-10-19 03:25:50 GMT