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February 2013

How can 15 years make a difference?

My dreams of a fairy tale life started a long time ago, as I imagine did yours. To understand my dreams for a fairy tale life we need to rewind the tape a couple of fifteen year periods…

It’s 1984 and there is a little boy going through the life change that is first grade. The world just got a lot more complex for him than it was the year before. He’s still trying to figure out how girls play differently than boys, and thinks adults have god-like superpowers and can do anything they want.

The American Dream

My close friends know I’ve spent some time bashing the American Dream. I’ve written words like “The American Dream is not my cup of Tea” and felt the pursuit of the American Dream was wasting a lot people’s lives.

Then I made the mistake of actually trying to define it. I mean, if I’m going to bash it, and build a life based on NOT chasing the American Dream, I should know exactly what I’m avoiding, right?

Off to see the Wizard

I was trying to write an actual serious post about my motivations for traveling the world. What I hoped to find within myself, what I hoped to find outside myself, and the impact I hope to have. I failed at the serious, analytical post, but ended up with something else instead.

I’m off to see the wizard, whomever he may be.
This american dream is just not my cup of tea.

I need to have a purpose, I need to have a plan.
I need to find out how I roll, and what rocks in hinterland
I’ve heard about a wizard, who changes peoples lives
I’m off to find that wizard and see just how he jives

Why not live a Fairy Tale life?

Who doesn’t wish they lived in a Fairy Tale? Which of the following is closest to your ideal you?
Do you want to be Prince Charming, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Beauty, The Beast, The Frog Prince, Hansel or Gretel, Goldilocks, or One of the Bears?
How about if we expand the options to include Legendary and Storybook Heroes like Robin Hood or Gandalf, King Arthur or Merlin?
These are figures that were crafted by the storytellers of old to embody the character traits they wanted to embed in their children. To excite the imagination, to thrill the soul, to inspire longing or challenge a belief. To make us think about the issues that really, truly matter.

Initial Travel Goals

If we’re going to be fairy tale heroes, if we’re going to make a difference, we need to understand the world we’re …