Cycles of Happiness
Normal is nothing more than a cycle on the washing machine ~ Whoopi Goldberg
So this weekend I’ve returned to California and it is a bitter-sweet homecoming. It means coming back to the state that is my adopted home but also signals the ending of my most recent journey. I now move into an apartment for three months, also bittersweet. I’m excited to control my own thermos, to be able to cook, to sleep in my own actual bed. But it also means job hunting and dealing with an apartment complex, cable company, utilities and “normal life’ sorts of things. It will be fun for a time to see old friends, to get into a routine to hopefully land a job. To be honest after almost 15 months on the road it will be nice to not be traveling so much.
The most frequent question I’m getting from folks right now is, what’s your next adventure. I’m not sure getting a job is an adventure but it is certainly what’s next. I’ve always been a restless soul, a gypsy at heart. So nothing I ever do looks completely normal. I’m looking at a job in the Mojave Desert right now, one in the bay area and one up in the redwoods. All three present different opportunities for what’s next. What I know for sure is that there are books on the horizon. I’m currently finishing up Appalachian Trail Happiness but there are two other books on happiness I’m already writing. A fourth book on how society interferes with our happiness and a couple of poetry books. Along with a new full-time job, I’ll have plenty to keep me busy.
As for actual adventure all three options will allow for plenty of hiking opportunities. The job in the desert is located close to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), so some section hiking may be in order. If I’m in the redwoods there are many miles of trails up into Northern California and the Sierras to explore, including other sections of the PCT. Not to mention the opportunity to do a little searching for Bigfoot along the way. The job in the bay area is in Berkeley so that holds its own special type of adventure as well as access to places like Point Reyes and Muir Woods. It also means a lot of opportunity to explore the art scene in Oakland and connect with a lot of Burning Man folks. So there will be plenty of chances to have a bit of fun and adventure.
As for the next big adventure, that depends on the new job, how things go and what catches my interest. There will absolutely be a big one at 55 in three and a half years. But I’ll need shorter but exciting trips along the way. Stay tuned and I’ll certainly keep you posted, bring you along and help you have some happy days my friends ~ Rev Kane
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