Sometimes the problem with living an exciting life traveling all over the world is that you start to believe you have to be exciting all the time. And let me tell you – it’s impossible for any human being to be exciting all the time. And that’s why sometimes I crash…and crash hard. Try as I might, my life is not always exciting. It bugs me to even say that, but it’s the truth. In order to travel, I have to work. And in order to work, I have to slow down and do stuff that’s…well…boring.
I read this article lately about Screwing Perfection in Social Media – it really hits home. Lots of good nuggets in it – including this one:
On the social web, we’re supposed to be posting real, in-the-moment snaps — not altered fabrications. Still, the urge to “improve” reality has proven hard to ignore.
So what does work really look like for me? It means that I hide away somewhere really cheap and try to get writing done, get through email, make and juggle future travel plans, pitch future work, go through mounds of snail mail, and I sit and spend a hell of a lot of time on this computer. Sorry to burst the bubble – but travel writing is still a job. At least it is for me.
This is how I ended up on my parents sunporch in South Dakota for 12 hours a day in this week’s Instagram Review. I moved very little, it’s disturbing – my ass actually hurt from sitting on a couch all day. Yes – that’s really is possible. Honestly, I felt stressed and anxious because I was not doing anything mind blowing – and I wasn’t even being that social. However at least this week I wasn’t all alone – I did get to hang out with my parents, help them with some stuff around the house, watch horrible tv with them, and take the time to connect with friends on skype. My parents are ridiculously tolerant of this anti-social work me as I think they are just happy to have me around even though I’m pretty boring sitting in front of the computer all day and night. My favorite part is that at 5PM every day they brought me happy hour drinks and snacks! Yes – I’m spoiled. They’d come out and talk to me for little breaks, and I’d go out walking with my mom in town, or help my dad in the garden. Not exciting, but necessary. However, in my very boring week of working – I did manage to take a few Instagram South Dakota shots to show you what a work week looks like for me!
Now I’m in NYC for September prepping for the upcoming Meet Plan Go Career Break event on September 20th. I’m also running off to Cancun to be a part of a keynote presentation at TBEX (a travel blogging conference), and finally I’ll be heading off to north of Vancouver to chase bears before heading to Ireland in Oct. Yes – no rest of the weary. Now if I could only figure out how to have my mom deliver cookies and martinis to me in NYC every day at 5PM.