The Wanderings of Kit (Do you wander or just wonder?)
By writing this blog I want to inspire you and show you that–
YES—YOU CAN > >
- Change your life at any time to make it more magnificent!
- Live with little money and still have an excellent life.
- Be able to live life getting very little sleep.
- Live ANYWHERE in the world and still make your life a fantastic event!
- See experiences that will add to and make your life better.
- I want to inspire you as to the wonders of the earth.
- Perhaps this is my new “gig”, traveling the world doing the same?
- And, I’m not just, “Kitting Around”.
Design the life YOU want to live, NOW, then live that life.
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***The freedom I am experiencing in my travels is a marvelous thing.
***Going where I want, when I want and seeing wonderful places and people.
***I will have places to show you and tales to tell.
***I will have secrets to unfold and good news!
I’m glad to take you on my journeys with me!
In the last blog I was kind of down, sorry for that. I want each of these blogs to uplift you (at least a meter off the ground.) I want you to examine your life and see how you can make things better for yourself.
Something I have written of before, when you are down and feeling bad, just remember that you will soon be back up and doing great.
When you are doing excellent, remember that you “might” be back down again—balance is the key. I must remember my own words.
In my last blog I had written asking if, basically, do you read my blog and does it make a difference in your life. Out of thousands who “can” read my blog, I only heard from a few.
Yet, it was enough to show me that I do make a difference and my writing does add to people’s lives (yours?); thank you, Jackie, for writing to me. How about you, I would love to hear from you sometime >> firstname.lastname@example.org
As you know, I have been questioning my living the life that I do. It would be so much easier to just stay in one place and find a way to make it. Then, I watched a YouTube video of a guy making it by himself in the Alaskan wilderness.
I can find a way.
Hope you stay with me.
Words to inspire you!
From my book series, “Beyond Your Potential” >>>
Do not just read – TAKE ACTION – starting this moment!
When you do take action, and it doesn’t matter how old you are; it’s never too late (or too early) to change your life toward the better. Read this series of books to learn how to make changes to feel more fulfilled, happy, and at peace. Read with an open mind to gain ideas to advance your life.
Take the time to sort through the ideas in this book, pick out what is going to work for you to help you excel – THEN IMPLEMENT! – It must be done for your better life.
What are your passions, desires, interests, and goals in life? Although these questions may take years to answer, you can start by asking yourself what you want people to think of you and what kind of heritage you want to leave behind. The following question applies to all parts of your life.
How would you like you to be described and remembered by others?
Figure out whether or not your lifestyle is associated with your personal principles. Chances are your life and your values disagree at times. Take some time to discover how you can merge the two. This comfort will bring a lasting relationship.
What could you be doing differently to help you reach your life direction?
Getting on to the bigger things, maybe you want to consider changing your career, changing your school, changing where you live, and/or changing the way you manage your time and money. This goes along with any and all relationships you have.
You can improve your relationships. No matter your income or how huge your undertakings are, you will not be able to enjoy your success if you don’t have others to share this success with. Connect and bring on more friendships to add to your life.
Work on your relationships you already have. Spend quality time with loved ones, and be kind toward them – understanding and caring for them. If you have been ignoring or arguing with a loved one, then dedicate some time to bring back the relationship.
You must be willing to change and even admit that you were wrong.
Make fresh, meaningful dealings with others. If you are lonely, get out there and meet people! You will have to stop waiting around for others to approach you. Take matters into your own hands, take control, and get down to business.
Bring on social situations, join discussions, and always have a smile on your face. This is a fabulous way to attract other people, yet, you just don’t want to be too comfortable.
Yes, don’t be too comfortable. Often people get stuck in the comfort of familiarity in their routine. Regardless of their fear of change, people need variety to have a happy life. You should practice this on a daily basis as well as on a larger scale later.
To start, try to do something you’ve never done before – every single day. Bring variety into your life, you will be happier. Go to a movie you’ve never been to, talk that person you haven’t, eat something new and different, and so on.
Along with the above, start a new hobby, juggle something you haven’t before or travel to a new place, try a new sport. Push yourself above and beyond what you normally do; try new things. Run an extra mile, take a new trail while hiking, learn that new song on your instrument and explore new artistic styles.
Live your life with passion now and always!
Learn to live in the current moment. The best way you feel more contented about your life is to stop living in the past and bring to an end your worrying about the future. I could never go back to the juggling I once did. I’ve learned to change with the changes to help get through difficult situations.
Speaking of hard situations, if you suffer from depression and/or anxiety, it’s probably because you are looking at the past with anguish and seeing the future with troubled eyes and neglecting the present moment. If you find yourself constantly dwelling on the past, try the following exercise:
First, admit to the memory and how it makes you feel. If it was a recent occurrence and you feel the need to scream or cry, then let it out. Consider writing of the event in a journal or talk about it with a loved one or a friend.
Once you have suitably grieved the memory, you have to admit to yourself that the past is over, and nothing can undo it. As an alternative of being upset that it happened, be grateful that it is over, and your life will go on. Keep in mind that things always could have been worse and even worse than that. The next time you might goes back to that thought, acknowledge the memory, be appreciative that it is over, and let it go again.
This is a great way to get through change.
While it is not possible to forget the past totally, people often focus on negative or disturbing memories rather than on your positive ones (as I have continued to think about mine now and then.) Take time to consider all the good that have happened to you in the past. Even start a list of the good, which can help.
Have a positive outlook. No matter what you have, what happens, who you’re with, or where you are, your perception of your situations is more important than the circumstances themselves.
MY DAILY JOTTINGS >>
10/18/19—As I was leaving Winnemucca (still love that name), I went south on small roads, to Battle Mountain and then Austin, Nevada. Further I went, and at about 4pm I looked for a place I could park for the night. I almost set up to stay on a dirt road off the main road, but I thought it still too early.
A little ways further I came upon Bob Scott Campground (who’s Bob anyway) in Humboldt-Taiyabe National Forest. Only one other vehicle here, the way I like it. I expect a cold night, so I prepared my bedding with a few extra blankets.
My GPS has been malfunctioning. It will turn off for awhile, then on again. One time it went off for quite awhile. I had to resort to doing like in the old days, using a physical map to find my direction.
I had become so dependent on my GPS it was scary. Currently it is working a-OK, I will see how much it would be for a new one from Costco when I get to Vegas.
For dinner, all from food banks, a salad with Romaine, tomatoes and broccoli, chili on a roasted garlic flat bread, Quite delicious, all for free. I keep picking up more food, even went to a bank in Winnemucca and got some items.
I had wanted to do another fast (and I would do it really quick), yet I keep acquiring more food. And, when I get down to Las Vegas I expect I will go and eat with friends. I must discipline myself and stop eating (at least for a week.)
10-19—What a find! Need I tell you, I came upon a magnificent area, “The Spring Mountains”. I had been seeing much desert, so I did not expect much. As I went up in elevation from about 3,000 to 8,000 feet, things got better and better.
Stayed in Kyle Canyon Campground, what a great spot. Dinner was Romaine lettuce with fresh cut red onion and tiny tomatoes. For the main course it was a can of chili with more of the onions. Scrumptious.
I knew there would be no wood for the campfire in the area because it was already scavenged, so I got my van and drove off site. There I picked up plenty of firewood for an evening fire and morning fire the next day.
In the morning I’ve always used my stove to heat water for tea and cook. This day I used the fire and grill instead. Turned out great. By the way, do you know that pine needles make great fire starter?
Take a look at this fabulous forest >>
As before, this food all came from the food bank. Like I wrote before, normally you buy a bunch of food and let in lay around for a week or two before you consume it. This is no different. The Romaine lettuce, I just peeled off the outside leaves and I got to eat the heart of the Romaine, the best part.
Of course, right now I am typing to you offline on battery power, the way I like it (and you do too, remember?) Have you used LibreOffice, it is much better than word or other programs—and it’s free, to boot.
So, the GPS stopped working. As I was exiting the campground I did not know which way to go; I depend too much on my GPS.
It was morning and I knew the sun would be toward the east, so that was direction. Also, I had maps of the area to go off of, so I was alright.
Did some hiking and exploring, a very nice area and good time.
10/20—Relief, much better. I drove into Vegas and went to, with hand written directions and asking, found a Pep Boys auto repair. I knew they could check my alignment and fix my GPS problem.
When I was showing the mechanic about the GPS, I saw that part of the connection had broken off and was in the GPS. I am thinking this is what had shorted the GPS.
It’s been a few days. I parked behind a building and showered how I do. Feels much better to be clean, of course.
Currently at Taco Bell on their free wifi, the two tacos tasted good, too. I remember, Vegas is 24 hour traffic. I will go to a residential area to find a quiet place where I can sleep, hoping I can find such a place.
10/21—Slept well, off and on. Road my unicycle for awhile. It is hard because I do not very good control of my right foot. So, when my foot is not positioned right, it is hard to move it to a better place on the peddle. I did ride alright, though.
Things are still hard in my mind, seeing a future and where I will fit in.
10/22—Warm in Vegas, that’s a good thing. I know there is wilderness nearby, yet, I have to get the van fixed, first. More front end work—yikes. The alignment can’t be set right until these things are fixed. I am looking at about seven hundred bucks, which I don’t have.
10/23—Today I spent the afternoon with Vladik and his two young daughters. We met many years ago when he was still quite young and his parents were excellent performers. He went on to aim toward magnificence with his performing.
Here is Vladik – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ypzxkvn8eiA
Skilled in many areas beyond juggling, he is into so many things. A great golfer, having rental properties, he can fix anything. Such a tremendous family he has, too.
Even while performing at the show in Las Vegas he is able to take breaks to travel the world performing in other countries.
Of course, over the years I have wondered where I could have gone with my juggling if I did not have the accidents. You have to remember, I was a “real” juggler for only about six years, in that short time I got to a high level in the juggling skill.
So happy for Vladik, and, of course, there is a jealousy.
I was feeling good, so I went out to try my hand a juggling. At this point I can barely juggle 3 clubs, I was really trying, too. It almost made me start crying, I’ve lost so much, when I was at such a high level in the past.
In looking at my life, I said to myself (sorry for the language), “What the fuck am I doing with my life?” How can I motivate or inspire you if I can’t do it for myself? My life seems to be going no where, and quickly at that.
10/24—This morning I met with my old friend Dick Franco. I first met Dick in 1976 when I was just beginning juggling. He showed me what was possible and I took it to the limit.
He had come to San Diego to practice his juggling in the nice weather before he started his first tour with a circus. He also did some street performing with Bob Rosenberg, another excellent juggler.
Need I tell you, I got heavily inspired by watching Dick and Bob and took to my juggling like a monkey takes to a banana.
Dick went on to have a magnificent career as a performing juggler, touring all over the world. Here is a classic video of Dick >>
Of course, when first met him I was only 15 or 16, he seemed soooo much older than me, but he is only seven years older. At this point he tells me he is retired and not juggling much anymore.
Yet, he buys and sells classic cars and also homes, so he still keeps quite busy. He has lead a charmed life traveling the world and performing.
10/25—Right now I am writing to you from Firestorm auto repair, the van needs some things fixed. The price today will be about $400. Yet, I see this as paying rent, in that I live and travel in the van.
Four hundred thirty bucks later and I feel much better about my home-on-wheels. The GPS is behaving, too. I’ve been in Las Vegas too long, I must get out to the wilderness. One more night here and then south.
I have no clue.
My Challenge for You this Week >>
Remember that thing you keep putting off (or more than one), well, this week (TODAY) get this feat down. Once you start it will become easy, just start.
Next Blog >> There are many wilderness areas all around Las Vegas. This week I will get out to a few, I think you will like.