Friday, January 7, 2005

Getting There

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken
US poet (1874 - 1963)

 

The dark clouds are slowly lifting off. The melancholy dissipating. All I needed was action. Instead of getting angry, I walked the talk. I did something about what I thought was the root of my unhappiness. I helped with the Southeast Asian relief efforts the only way I can, with my pocketbook. I really want to go there and physically help but I have a family. My family needed me where I am. I also wrote a letter to our local paper's editor about my feelings regarding the headline news that I ranted about on my last entry. Last but not the least, I rewrote my five year plan to coincide with our youngest child's high school graduation. 

I told my husband long time ago that once our children are out of the home, I would like us to join the Peace Corps. Right now that dream may be realized in about four years. Our son will be in college by 2009. Though my husband has reservations about going overseas and living without the creature comforts he is accostumed to, he said he will go if that is really what I want. He is a gypsy like I am  and I know he will love it when we get there. One thing that my husband and I always agree about is traveling. Being a retired sailor, he had seen the world and at his present job, he is a road warrior and travels all over the country. His company is suppose to send him to Europe next month. I am always ready to go somewhere. I had been in a lot of countries in Asia and a lot of states in North America, including Hawaii. My dream is to eventually visit at least one country from all the continents. Two out of the way, and five more to go!    

7 comments:

my78novata said...

OH my I m glad you feel better. I am not a traveler though. two hours sitting in a car and my legs burn with pain and ache like none other. THat is far as I can make there. But I m glad you can go and may realize that. Lori

heyleesilentd said...

I would LOVE to join the Peace Corps. I haven't gotten to go that many places. Never out of the US and not anywhere in the western half of the US. That's a cool goal, one country in every continent. I wish I could travel and join the Peace Corps and do stuff before college, but money, or lack thereof, makes that not possible.
-Haley

karensull12 said...

Wow, you're really ambitious.  Hope your plans come true for you.

oceanmrc said...

What a GREAT dream!  I would love to join the Peace Corps if we pay off our kids' college bills before we are 90.  I was actually wondering, as I watched the news tonight, whether there are any disaster relief organizations I could volunteer/work for for a month or so this summer (I'm a teacher).

coy1234787 said...

    I always thought I would join the Peace Corps. when my children were old enough to leave home. Mandy (the baby) will be 18 in 6 days and although this would probably be perfect timing to sign up ... I just don't see it becoming a reality. The kids still need you, just in a different way after they leave home.
         
                         *** Coy ***

jcole16757 said...

I hope your dream becomes reality!

musenla said...

You have a beautiful spirit.  Bless you for wanting to spend part of your life in the Peace Corps and actually helping people who are in need.  There is no greater gift than the gift of self.