CouchSurfing – The online community that helped Niall in Iran
“You don’t overcome your fears and then go do what it is that you want to do. The way it works is, you go do what you want to do in spite of the fear and then while doing it, you overcome it.” – POWERFUL Niall Doherty!
My work/play life pendulum swings with mighty, inescapable momentum. To the left it’s travel, wanderlust, elation and new experience. To the right it’s hard labor, long hours, feeling incapable and repetition.
These are the hard working traveler blues:
The highs are astronomic. The lows are tough and dirty.
Inevitably, that fun pendulum comes to it’s apex and with this pause commences the working lull. A not so subtle message that you are broke and had better start hustling.
Soon enough everyone has to tolerate the swing. Time to dive into whatever society you are currently marooned in and commence the hustle.
Once that hustle wraps up you get another pendulum pause. That is the best fathomable time. Your supplies are stocked, the plane tickets booked and the next chapter is staring you down.
But first, you gotta endure the inescapable working lull.
I’ll see ya on the other side beloved reader.
More excitement to come… I promise.
I spent long days picking apples while living in the Australian mountains. A departing French guy gave me a giant, beat up, old novel that was partially being eaten by black mold. This novel changed my life. It’s called Shantaram. Every evening after tremendous days of fruit picking, I would pull my lawn chair from the van I was living in, brew a cup of instant coffee and read this amazing book as the vibrant sun set across the enormous Australian sky.
This novel was my savior. I was enthralled. It wrapped me in so many layers of intrigue: adventure, adversity, travel, language, drugs, war, death, poverty, purpose…
I can’t recommend the book enough. I think it played a pivotal role in my decision to continue travel working. If you’d like to buy Shantaram on Amazon, please us my affiliate link (?) to support my writing. Thank you.
In the video below, Roberts talks about some of the stories that he writes about in the book. Enjoy ->
I recommend you watch all eight of them.
Notice how Roberts mentions that he became a doctor not because he went there to save people or to help, it happened inadvertently; the job became him. This is a key understanding to long term travel. You can have your goal, but expect that your travels will change you. You will meld to the circumstances and in this transition, you will learn invaluable life lessons.
I’ve heard rumors that Johnny Depp bought the rights to the book and plans to make it a Hollywood move. I’m a big fan of Johnny’s and him doing the character of Linbaba sounds like a dream.
“The contours of all our virtues are shaped by adversity”
Surfers use a term to describe certain conditions: SHARKY. I was blown away with the abundance in wildlife – sea lions, otters, seals; it was all so beautiful but I couldn’t help but think that these are all part of the GREAT WHITE SHARK diet. But hell, it was the first opportunity in my life to get a taste of California waves. They were peeling off like an aria with no wind. No wind means glassy, oil slick textured water. It’s wonderful.
Cayucos, California was my first spot. My mate and I hit a few spots in the area. The rock down near Morrow Bay has a great feel on low wind days. The massive rock provides for a mesmerizing backdrop during lulls. South of the Rock you jump off the docks of Morrow Bay marina, paddle between all the exotic sailboats and hike across the peninsula for a beautiful low crowd spot. I got a jellyfish down the neck of my wetsuit but it was real fun.
The Cayucos house dried up and we headed North along Highway 1. I fell asleep and we woke up near Santa Cruz. Big Fail! I slept through some really great spots. We were now in Santa Cruz and I missed the miles of Big Sur and unoccupied California beaches. These are the places. There are epic spots around here. Dangerous and fun. Go on a venture down there. Bring ropes, harnesses and climbing shoes. Rappel down. Call me, I’ll join you. Something awesome can happen down there.
North of Santa Cruz we hit a great spot. After a short hike from the high way down to the beach we found a right that sits in the pocket of a cliff which protects it from any NE winds. This spot hits the best as the tide is going out. Its just north of Santa Cruz, you have to cross a rail line just once you get out of the highway. The spot is silent from highway traffic or anything else really.
Later on in the week we adventured out to a spot called Point Reyes. Point Reyes is way out north of San Francisco. It’s a wonderful little town with a sustainable food and community vibe. This is the sort of place I must live in once I slow down with all this travel. The small town vibe is just rich and abundant.
The surf there is cold and sharky. Im tired now so I must take a break