‘The means are endless’ I read these words, and many inspiring others, in advance of stepping foot in South America or onto a plane or into a travel agent even. The idea of endless possibilities was too hard to resist and Guevara’s diary was too tempting a trip, so here I am- arrived and unpacked. Well, sort of. Re-reading Che’s words (hastily scribbled in my travel diary before we...
‘The first commandment for every good explorer is: An expedition has two points,...– Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara
Day Zero: the day before departure.
In school we are taught that zero is the equivalent to nothing; it means nil and adds up to exactly that. Zero can’t even change or create the value of another number, Zero is neutral; it is limbo…it’s a nonentity. However, in life, zero represents the beginning. To start anything, whether it be a literal or metaphorical climb, you must first begin at the bottom with nothing. Naught therefore...
A single question echoes in my mind from my childhood; one question that I was asked many times in different contexts, by different people and in different manners yet my answer always remained the same; “If you could be an animal, what would you be?” …“A bird” Always a bird. You may have expected a more significant sounding question, something slightly more relevant or foretelling about my...
All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost;– –J. R. R. Tolkien
“Dear World, Dear Mother, Dear Father, and to those with the expectations: You are probably all already aware of what I am about to write but I shall write it anyway for the sheer purpose of seeing it in ink and on paper. I don’t know what I want. The one thing I am certain of is the need to get away; I must go to South America. I am hoping for clarity and looking for answers. When I return I...
“I know I’m destined for greatness; my existence is to make a difference. I’m just not sure how.”- Elena Rigby 7.1.09 If a place can suffocate you, then that is what Birmingham was doing to me. I beg you not to misunderstand me: I love my hometown, but it just…knows too much. Living in the same place for 20 years, growing up with the same people, and each of you having the same experiences can be...
In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are...– Ayn Rand, ‘Atlas Shrugged’