So here I am in Mexico again, a place which has become like home to me. Playa del Carmen has a certain something, or rather a certain everything which makes it seem like the perfect place to continue our journey. Only our journey has changed.
We left Perth just over a year ago to follow our dreams, to travel the world and live the life we dreamed of, but as we have traveled we have grown, and with our personal growth, our dreams too have evolved. Where once travel seemed like the life we definitely wanted, now a new type of travel has entered the fray.
We have decided to settle in Playa del Carmen for about a year, and use that year to do the things, and become the people we have never had the time to be. We have loved the travel, and will definitely continue to do so after our year or so is up, but right now, we have a different dream, and I am so excited to have the opportunity to follow it.
So, what would you do with a year? Well, for me it means achieving and learning a number of things, it means facing challenges, overcoming obstacles, embracing change, and finding my path. My goals in no particular order are to:
Quit smoking – Anyone who reads my posts knows I am an avid, unapologetic smoker. I have been such for about fifteen years. Although I still enjoy it, there are aspects of it which have started to become detrimental. Fifteen years of smoking is a long time, and I feel that if I don’t break the habit now, I never will. So with the help of the drug Champix (which I bought over the counter in a Walmart here in Mexico, no prescription required, viva le Mexico), I will in the next few weeks quit smoking, and will chronicle the ups and downs here on the blog.
Get fit – The last few years I have steadily been slipping in the old exercise department. Once something I could not do without, I can now comfortably class myself as overweight, and dislike greatly the way it feels, and the way I look. So I will be chronicling my weight loss here on the blog with bi-monthly-ish updates on my progress. I have the advantage of having previously been a personal trainer and knowing my subject in and out. I have the disadvantage of bad knees, a torn something in my neck, and, well, being fat.
Learn guitar – I started this in Chiang Mai, Thailand, but the short time there meant I didn’t get anywhere near to capable on the six string beast. This time, with a year to learn, I plan on knocking out some crazy tunes by the time my 365 days are up.
Work on the blog and web design – I have the blog doing pretty well now, my monthly hits have doubled each month for the last 3 months in a row, and I feel I am coming to some resolutions as to where the blog is heading. Also I have picked up a number of clients for my web design business, and have a few bites out there in cyber space. Plus, I love creating things, and it is as much fun as it is a job to me, so I want to see where I can take it.
Write a book – Maybe not one people would have expected from me, but I have what I think is a great idea for a book, and already know I would like Brad Pitt to play the main character in the movie version, so pretty much halfway there! 365 days is a relatively long time, and with a couple hours of writing most days, I know I can create something great.
Skydive – it is something I have wanted to do for a long time, but always managed to find a way out, mostly because of fear. I know I want to do it, I know I will shit myself when the day comes, but I also know I will love it when I am speeding towards the ground and the world stretches out before me. I am planning to jump on my birthday which is at the end of May, and am excited as hell at the prospect.
Live - Aside from all the above good stuff, I also plan on relaxing, swimming in the Caribbean, walking down the beach, eating great food, and just living. As much as I love traveling, it has a certain stress which comes with it, and limits the amount of things you can achieve outside of those travels.
This year is about doing all those things you wish you could but don’t have the time for, about trying things which you aren’t sure you can do, but won’t know until you give it a proper go. I am almost thirty two now, and the dreams I had as a younger man are starting to seem unattainable and even pointless. I feel that at this age I am setting habits and roles in motion which will likely remain until the day I die, and want to make sure I embrace and achieve the things I love or believe I will love, and discard the things I don’t, a lot of which I want to truly experience and embrace before making my decision.
This will be an amazing year, and I am extremely excited to be here, at the start of so much opportunity, life has never felt bigger, has never offered such variety.
It will be a very big year, I hope you enjoy the ride as much as I enjoy being ridden… “Hold on, that doesn’t sound right?”…
So what would you do with a year? I would be interested to hear what dreams you would follow if you were in my shoes, say hello and let me know…