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finding again, myself breathes
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My time in England has come to a heartbreaking end. My experience living in “the Okay U.K.” (as I’ve started calling it) for about three years has shown me a lot. It’s amazing the delusions of some, in this illusion, we call life. Seems my ideas are a bit too broad for that little island. Starting from scratch at 40, nowhere to go but up from here!
What follows here is a collection of pictures from my time there, many I felt I couldn’t share before now…
We are all one, made of the same stuff even! We all choose to be here; and are contributing to the chaos we live in. Most of us move through this time, using an old vision of what the world is, one that was conjured up from a place of fear/control.
Let me elaborate; since being born, we have been told… Everything! Very few of us operate an “experience” basis. We each move through our day, contributing to the whole, with a story that has been told/sold to us. Not based on actual personal experience, we deny ourselves our own truth and experience. Stay with me here…
Judgement, is a main contributor, in my opinion, that consistently overlooked, we are all guilty of it. For example, I am aware of a concept called abortion; however, as a gay man (a judgement I am forced to accept by this old vision, we maintain), what place do I have to have an opinion about it? I can not physically have a baby, or even possibly understand the experience. Therefore I have no opinion about it, even though I am regularly presented the opportunity. Are you a woman who has experienced that? If not, to say anything about it is a false, fear-based contribution to the universe. To have a judgement of a thing that is not part of your actual experiences, is to feed the fear, that is then used to control you. Don’t you see? The only valid judgement, is of yourself, you create your own experience. We get what we give, so live and let live.
I really had no idea what was going on up there, what to expect, other than some cold weather. What I found was a stunning landscape, the likes of which I could only compare to New Zealand. The weather, surprising enough, not as cold as most would probably think, keeping in mind it was only the second week of November. In all my travels, I must say this is the easiest, non-native, english speaking country to visit (if that’s a concern for you). Working their way to the darkest part of their year, made it way too easy to take pictures in Iceland…
The past few months was a homecoming of sorts, it represented completion of the full circle of my travels of the past year. During this time I visited Colorado, Arizona, Nevada and California, while catching up with some of most treasured people in my life thus far, and introduced them to my future. 😉 Having collected what few possessions I maintain, it’s now back to an amazing, blessed life in a narrowboat, on the canals of merry old England…
Blessed as my life is with adventures, I recently spent a long weekend in New York City. My previous two visits to this one-of-a-kind destination had not included an overnight stay. I arrived via Newark, New Jersey, and immediately took the train and subway to my hotel in Brooklyn. This being a unique experience in and of itself, trains? In the United States? This is something that sadly, very few parts of the country have available as a functional part of society. The New York subway is unlike any other underground transit, such diversity, I don’t think I have ever experienced in one space, it was magnificent! Being situated in Brooklyn, gave me a much broader vision of the city (prior visits were only to Manhattan). This city is, while a part of the U.S., is nothing like the rest. If I was forced to make a comparison, I would say most like London, in its massiveness of people, experiences and opportunities. Whatever your heart desires, can be expressed and explored here.
Here is a few pictures from my perspective…
I have reached the last destination, on my short european tour, Paris! From Notre Dame, to the Eiffel tower and all the other great places to visit, there is so much to do and see. I am not exactly sure I would agree that this is the “most romantic” city in the world, but it is a beautiful place to visit. I have only spent a few days here for now, I will be back.
Paris also marks the beginning of a new chapter. I feel though that this Nomad has finally accomplished what was set out for almost a year ago now; and have finally wore myself out of traveling (for now?). I have been very blessed to be able to check everything off of my bucket list, except the aurora borealis, wrong time of year now!
The places I have been, people I have met along the way, the unbelievable things that I have able to experience, have left me forever changed! I can say without question this has been the most amazing year of my life, so far! A huge thank you to everyone who has played a part in it, in any way. I am excited to see what unfolds ahead….