Time for an update, actually probably a little past due. I got the paperwork in order to get my passport but the savings took a hit today when I had to cough up $600 to get the exhaust fixed on my car. According to the passport Canada web site there is only a 10 day wait for processing so I can hold off for another couple weeks and still have my passport in plenty of time.
Now that that’s out of the way the really important part of this update. A good friend and a great guy passed this weekend. I am really happy that I got to know him and can’t think of anyone else I know that had the happiness and positive outlook that he had. I’m not saying that the rest of my friends are grumpy, they are really quite a happy group but everyone has their off days.
I know it may be a little cliché to be reflective and think about your own mortality when someone close to you dies but I have actually been thinking about it a lot for the last few years. I’m not in good shape at all and like everyone I am getting older every year. Something I didn’t come right out and say in my introduction is that I want to do this trip before health or age becomes a limiting factor and I’m hoping that the planning will motivate me to get more exercise to be in better shape on launch day. I’m also hoping that the 31 days of routine change will help to break my current habits and foster the growth of new, better habits. Part of the plan is to wake up each day and take a walk for at least half an hour to get the blood flowing before I get on the road and when I start to feel groggy to find a nice place to nap and/or take another walk to get refreshed.
Dietary changes will also be a component of this trip. I usually don’t eat much when I’m driving but I like to enjoy the dining when I get to my destination so each day I will be getting to a destination but I will have been driving all day so this will be something to be determined.
So in summary, despite the budgetary setback I am more determined than ever to take this trip.
Andre, I will remember you for the rest of my life and try my best to live my life with the joy that you did.