Traveling The World
I received a note from Alvin the other day telling me about his trip to the Sudan and his experiences there as well as in Kenya where he visited Lord Baden-Powell's grave site. I am not sure where he is off to next, but I am sure it will be interesting.
I must admit that I am somewhat jealous of his position. Granted, it was not an easy choice to make but it was something he wanted to do and he took a heck of a risk doing it. He left a very successful job, traveled the US on his own dime and probably had to fight tooth and nail to get the interviews with the folks that he did (take a look at the book and you will see who I am talking about) for something that may never have been successful financially (although I am sure it would have been personally for him). He told me in the past that it was something he felt compelled to do and now, he has become good at telling the story. Although I doubt I could ever give up my profession, I too have a desire to share my experiences and observations of scouting, gleamed mainly from years of summer camping, to others. Unfortunately I do not share Alvin's ability to focus on completing this particular task as it has always been second to my work or my first line interests, whether it be with camp, friends or sporting events. Something needs to be sacrificed for me to put my energies into finishing a book that I begun two decades ago with nothing more than just ruminations. Well, they still are ruminations......and I must admit, writing this blog certainly has me focused on key elements of my thoughts.
Perhaps I need to take a page from Alvin's biography (not yet written) and focus on what is important to me instead of just living each day as it comes. Then again, I worry too much about what the future might hold and whether I am prepared to meet it. I guess if you worry too much you die.....of course, even if you don't worry you die anyway......so why worry? Maybe I will write that book.