So now is where it gets tough what changes will it take to make my world a better place to be? New Job? More Family time? Less Family time? Pursue my dreams and goals? It's quite the quandry really. So the first step for me is to figure out what those dreams and goals really are. Some one asked me once what did it mean to me to live my dream. It actually caught me off guard. What did that mean for me? Hmm...well I think in my heart of hearts...that means to be able to travel the world, share the world and make the world, not just my world, a better place. Sounds lame in some ways. Everybody wants to think they make a difference in some way. I'd like to make a difference, but I don't really care if any one knows it was me. I don't want attention for it, I just want where ever I go to be a better place once I've been there. So many people travel the world with selfish intentions. "Entertain me" so to speak. I want to learn about a place before it was changed by tourism or the onslaught of business by outside countries. What is the local culture? How do the local people feel about the change. Is it better because they have more opportunities or do they long for the simple happy life they had before their world was flipped upside down by progress. Believe me I use that world very losely. In Early December I had the opportunity to visit the town I grew up in. It had been 15 years since I had been there. It has gone from a small farming community to a gargantuin mecca. It has progressed to be a big city. I remember when I was growing up it was a BIG deal when we got an Arby's across the street from the McDonald's. Only towns that were going someplace got those. Well, it's gone someplace. But is it better? It's more crowded. It's busier. But Is it better. I sure wouldn't let my kids ride their bikes across town like we did. Or catch the bus to the "big" town up the road to go to the movies. Nope now, I as the parent would be sure I drove you myself, for your safety. Some how I feel that our youth are losing the opportunities we had to learn and grow as teens. Before you drove you learned how to get around. On your bike, on your feet or public transit. Not sure having to do be carted around only when an adult is available is progress. We are losing our small towns, not just in the USA but all over the world. The reality is there are beautiful things to see everywhere. If you look for them.
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