A LOT of questions lately. I am hoping I can clear some things up today.
Why haven’t I hit the road again?
I felt a strong desire to spend the holidays with my family. The most efficient way to do that was to continue working and saving at The Libertine Bar.
The three months I intended on staying in Dallas became 5. I’ll admit that there were other reasons besides money and family as to why I stuck around. I never expected to make the wonderful friends I did this summer but because of them my time there was very fulfilling.
Why did I leave Dallas?
I still plan to travel! I still am keeping this life style going. I am being more present and making choices that only postpone far away traveling however, I am still living the indefinite adventure.
Why am I in New Orleans?
I wanted to have quality time with my family and friends who live here. I’ve been traveling off and on for the past 3 years now. Within that time I have only been able to briefly visit New Orleans. I spent a significant part of my life here and have been eager to rekindled my relationship with the magical city. Everyone who comes to New Orleans knows what I mean. It is magical and magical things happen here. So why not continue my goal of ‘have fun, make money’ where I can live rent free, continue saving, and spend time with people I love.
Yes, I have to get a new job and I have to make new friends. I have to get used to the changes that have happened in this place and deal with the unending flow of tourists. However, I have some old friends who were in New Orleans with me years ago and their support and willingness to reminisce as well as show me a ‘new’ New Orleans is a huge jump start.
Within the week, I will have my PediCab license and will be working with Bike Taxi Unlimited. I will be toting around tourists and locals alike through the French Quarter, Marigny, and the rest of New Orleans.
One of the most difficult things about the way I travel is how much I miss my family. With all of us being scattered over the country, the holidays are the only time everyone commits to getting together. Since I missed last year, I made the choice that I would stay this year.
Not to say that the last holidays were bad. For Thanksgiving last year, I was on Olkhon island on Lake Baikal in Russia. Our Thanksgiving consisted of cured fish, potatoes, meatballs, and 3 in 1 coffee. We were in a beautiful place with some of the most generous people. A lot to be thankful for.
When I was in New York, I realized the importance of quality time with the people you love. That is why I came down here. One thing that keeps me confident about continuing to travel and do what I do is that no matter how much time goes by without seeing these people our friendship never falters. In Dallas, there were people I had not seen in years and once we reunited it seemed as if only a few days had gone by since we last saw each other. This is what I am ultimately grateful for. The love between friends reminiscent of the love within family for it never diminishes.
Of course we change and people change but love and memory stay constant. So, I am once again choosing to be present and unafraid of change. I’ll never forget The Libertine and the wonderful people there. I’ll never forget the amazing times I had in Dallas. Just as I haven’t forgotten about New Orleans and have come back knowing that there are new adventures to be had here. I’m only lucky enough that my family lives here too.
I still plan to travel far away and as of now that time looks like after Mardi Gras. New Orleans is a catapult for the next big adventure and more than that it holds all new discoveries in itself. I’m still not certain about any details after my time here but that’s how I like it. I am available and up for anything.
Down here they say, “Do whatcha wanna.”
I plan to do just that.