Last week I gazed mystified down a powerful microscope at pond life contained in a droplet of water. The bugs within were as varied as my life has become. Four years ago a good friend suffered from a devastating life-changing stroke. I understood very rapidly that life passes and changes in an instant. The day I find myself immobilized I hope I can say I am glad I have, not I wish I had.
Thus I find myself with an eclectic lifestyle, three children all of who live overseas and a determination to continue travelling until I drop. I love meeting new people and experiencing new environments. I am still committed to working and earning so I have set out on a path to combine flexibility, diversity and employability. Anything I do has to fulfill at least one of the criteria of being a unique experience, being financially rewarding, contributing to my English language teaching skills or offering the opportunity of meeting an amazing set of people.
In my mind I was always travelling. As early as I can remember I played travelling trips with my dolls. We packed up, went away to the land behind the sofa, unpacked, had an adventure and returned home to the living room. Later I became more adventurous, absconding from school for the day for secret days out on the train. My mother never did find out.
Eventually the travelling became more serious. I am still waiting to grow out of the travel bug. I have lived overseas in the USA, in New Zealand and Switzerland. I have travelled widely and frequently visit the USA especially California where my picture was taken.
Last week I escorted a group of Thai children on a university taster session. Today I leave home for Whitby in the North of England for a training session at my friend’s Bed & Biscuits hostel which I will run for two weeks in September. Next week I will be with some Chinese student’s visiting the Queen’s house at Sandringham. Merlin the Dog will arrive at my old house on a DogBuddy.com home visit shortly thereafter and in early May I will, as always, act as a Presiding Officer at the elections. In a few weeks hopefully I will be off to Italy to teach as every summer and later on I hope I will fit in another amazing week with the extraordinary people at Diverbo in October. Life is for living.