November 5, 2008
My back's to the wake of the ship, roasting. Sitting crosslegged on the wooden deck against the metal railing. Journal in lap. Pen ready. The assignment: write a list of things gained and lost thus far on this journey. Here goes.
passion for writing things down
a floating home
the notion of self- morally, professionally, humorously
a sense of adventure, and open-mindedness
this could go on for a while...
the birth of my nephew
a landmark election (the first time I ever voted was absentee via sea)
the change of seasons
some of my vulnerability
my own reality
a sense of time
I recommend writing this list whenever you travel, especially on long journeys. Write it at your halfway point like I did, and then rewrite it again when you get home.