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Get Out There & Live Life

by Ken Eddy

OK, you’re staring into the mirror and there in the glass is an old wolf looking back. You’re thinking, maybe I’ll make some homemade soup or perhaps take the Harley on a three day cruise…and then it hits you…you don’t own a Harley and have no idea how to make soup!

Is it mid-life crisis (not that you believe in such a thing) or is it the fact that you have devoted the last 30 plus years to acquiring things and generally just paying bills? Could it be that you have just watched a travel/adventure documentary with a couple of intrepid travelers who have spent the last six months traveling South East Asia or how about the fact that your bucket list seems to be getting heavier instead of lighter?

Whatever the reason, you have made a decision and to hell with the consequences, kind of, sort of, maybe…hmmm, maybe you should weigh the pros and cons of taking off on a great adventure (albeit maybe only a few weeks or so). Yes that’s it; you are a conservative, careful planning kind of guy that likes to add up the costs of going vs staying home and doing the responsible thing.

Take this piece of advice…don’t add up the pros and cons period! Your list of cons will always outweigh your pros due to one simple fact…the majority of pros will only become evident after you have returned from your adventure and you find yourself asking, why the hell did I not do this years ago?

Well then, do the math on this…you are 50 plus years old, add on 10 years and what do you get? Does it look like a formula that adds up to a stronger, leaner more adventuresome guy ready to take on the world or did you just mouth the words…Oh Oh?

The one true thing about life, you’re  are not getting out of it alive!

 

Thailand December 2005, I am leaning against the wheelhouse on the bow of a 40 ft Thai fishing trawler that has been converted to a foot passenger ferry. At my feet at the tip of the bow is an offering to Buddha. It is warm, but not too warm, the sun and a light breeze coming off the Andaman Sea create a pleasant balance. My travel buddies, Leo and Ray are to the right and the left of me. Leo is engaged in conversation with a fellow Canadian, she is a young lady from Saskatoon who is traveling with her American marine boyfriend. They have come from South Korea where she teaches English and he (I assume) is stationed. Ray is chatting with some German travelers (you cannot go anywhere in the world and not run into German travelers).

As we chug across the open sea it gives me time to reflect back to the craziness of Patong Beach, situated on the Island of Phuket, from its bars and shops, to the insane drivers on hundreds of scooters. My friend Ray is still recovering from a header over the handlebars flip
(note to Ray: apply back break only) and his daily trips to the hospital to have his bandages changed.

After a lengthy ride we finally approach Koh Phi Phi (Pi Pi Island). When you dream of Thailand, this is the island in your dreams. Shaped like a dumbbell with two high peaks at either end and a short stretch of land between the peaks (approximately 2-3 blocks wide, depending how you measure. With the west side having the main dock and one walking street of commercial shops, the east side is absolutely picturesque!

If you have ever watched the 007 movie “The Man with the Golden Gun” then you will be familiar the scenery, the beaches and the unique islands.

As we departed Koh Phi Phi I found myself standing on another small ferry boat staring back at the island. I’m sure I was thinking, what a terrific little island, I sure hope that the many tourists that flock to this small island paradise continue to respect the delicate balance between nature and humans so evident on its shores. To make a point, there were several handwritten signs on the island stating “Save Phi Phi”.

But it was not the humans that were going to be the biggest threat to the island and its inhabitants. No, it was Mother Nature that gave the island its biggest test ever. Less than a week after my departure THE TSUNAMI crashed into the tiny island, slamming it from both sides and turning the small strip of land between the two peaks into a virtual washing machine of death and destruction.

Yes, life can be very sobering and short! As you look into that mirror I hope the person staring back at you appreciates the time you have left, the energy you have and the importance of getting out there and living life instead of crawling onto the couch and watching it!

Author: Ken Eddy


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