I still can’t hold a coherent thought. I think it is a combination of too many new (and exciting) changes that have my brain going in a lot of different directions, a case of vertigo that has been stalking me since Thanksgiving (I’ve gotten bouts of it since I was 30), a bad cold, and loads of medicines that have been keeping me up for the last week or so.
I do have lots of random thoughts and things that are stacking up that I want to share, so here is a free-associative ramble…
I had no idea how much my car accident in 2003 affected me until I started to get over it the last two months. I’ve realized that it wasn’t just that I had become terrified that the world was potentially dangerous, but I had grown (irrationally) fearful that my presence in the world could be tragically harmful to others.
I’m now guessing that my desire to drive 10,000 miles across the continent (after being off the freeways for years) was a bigger part of that healing than I realized. It is so strange to me that I didn’t really connect those things, though.
(Note: What may not have been clear, but has been subsequently made more explicit, in my previous post is that two people were killed at the scene of my accident. THAT was the trauma/horror of it. I obviously still wasn’t able to write that part very clearly last December.)
On a lighter note, those of you who have been reading for a while know that Cherie and Chris of Technomadia have been an early and ongoing inspiration for me as I moved into a simpler, more nomadic lifestyle.
I’d been wanting to aggregate some of my favorite posts that I thought would be helpful to people reading my blog, but learned that they have finally put them all together in an eBook.
This book is 15 chapters covering the range of excuses they’ve heard over the years for why people can’t travel and, more importantly, the creative solutions they’ve discovered to overcome them.
It is a pay as you wish product. (This is not an affiliate link.)
I went to McDonald Observatory and, in a small group of 12 tourists, discovered another woman who was fulltiming in her van! We spend three days together and I was so inspired by what she’d done that I got a couple of video interviews with her to share with you guys.
(The first one was actually taken second. The second video was more rushed as I didn’t know I’d get to hang out with her for a few days.)
I am shocked by the growth of the Women Go Solo Yahoo! group and can hardly keep up! I expected to create a small question and answer group for 10-15 women who were thinking of going full time solo, but we have almost 100 members now! It is an amazing group of women. I am trying to make sure I can keep it functional with the bigger numbers and high email volume, but adding and welcoming new members is sometimes the only thing I am getting done each day. ; )
A group of the women on Women Go Solo are talking about going to the Rubbertramps gathering at Quartszite, so I think I may go. Is anyone here planning to attend? It will, of course, be my first year, so I have no idea what to expect. I have already RSVPed yes.
That’s all for now.
I’m on the mend, but pray that I can keep my head straight. ; )