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How many days have I been away from Sookie it doesn’t matter.  A long journey is coming to an end so a new one can begin.  Gone are all my worries, true freedom sits at my doorstep.  Some days the wind will be my friend, but others she will test my resolve.  The coldest days of winter are slipping behind leaving the wet grey reminder that spring is near. I stand naked and dripping in the mirror surveying my body, my strength is coming back and I’m going to need every ounce of it.

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I’ve given my notice and in a matter of days I will start my journey west.  Not home to Sookie, not yet. I need movement, not the kind where you go somewhere and stay a while before moving on, that’s not travel.  I need to see the unknown horizon, to travel with good company and to experience the story’s I will write when I’m feeling nestaligic for yesterday’s setting sun.  

I left my little island home with a expedition size load and I will be returning with the same amount of luggage only this time it will be very different.  I have been collecting this and that carefully  storing away each item in a box for a later date. I’m prepared for the cold, the unknown, the uncertainty of what may or may not lay ahead.  

I’ve been careful not to make any plans, there are no obligations, no expectations… I don’t need another job, my sandles are ready and my feet fill them perfectly.  Each step is my own, I rest when I’m tired and I run when I’m excited.  I left Sookie neatly wrapped up and ready to go, all I have to do is hose her off, fill her water tanks, make my bed and go, or stay or…

With the stars to guide me through the night, the promise of a rising sun in the east and the knowledge of where I’ve been I will follow my compass to my new home.  

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.

Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.

Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.

Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

– Calvin Coolidge