When In Rome...

Trip Start Aug 02, 2010
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Trip End Oct 22, 2010


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Thursday, September 2, 2010

...Do as the Romans do.

Funny, I always liked to use this popular saying, like many of us do, but now that I have been to Rome, I feel as though I am more entitled to do so. All of you reading this who enjoy saying this, keep on rocking it, but I am telling you, you will get a better feel for this by coming to this magnificent city.

Besides the magnificence of the Coliseum, which I know gave way to the incredible arenas we have today, it's neat when you read something about just how much the Romans did for society as a whole, something I was completely oblivious too.  For shame seeing as though I'm an apparent history major.  Things they did some 2000 years ago are still being used today.

Anyway, something I want to share with you all, my loyal followers. The plebs of the so called real world.  When Marcus and I decided to embark on this life altering journey, I had no idea what was in store for me or what tomorrow could bring. At the start, I didn't like this idea a heck of a lot. I have always been a guy who is relatively organized, obtaining this quality from my mother. A guy who likes to know which path to take ahead of time.  But we decided to fly by the seat of our pants, and what a great decision.

This journey has taught me many things. Some about life, some about myself, some about other cultures and people. Not knowing what you are going to do tomorrow is rather gratifying, particularly in traveling for a long period of time like I am. You see, I would have missed so many things along the way if things we're planned. For instance, as Marcus has eluded to in his blogs, we were not originally intending to hit up Portugal or even Rome at that. Due to “last minute planning” or, as I now like to call it “brilliant planning” we were able to go to these places because our original plans fell through. Both of these places are in the top of my favourite places I have visited thus far. What is the point of this story I hear you ask? Just like in traveling or backpacking, live for today, and worry about tomorrow, tomorrow.  Because it's true, great things can happen when you least expect them too.

There are some things in life that we have absolutely no control over and there are certain aspects of tomorrow to me anyway that we can't control.

I was one of these people. The little things would drive me mad. Ask anyone who knows me well, especially my ex-girlfriends. But for what? There is nothing you can do if you stub your toe, or rear end someone, or miss your flight. These are all part of life, apart of your life. You learn from these things and seriously everything does happen for a reason. Even things like not getting your first train to Madrid and ending up in Lisbon and having the time of your life. Or quitting your job, or losing it at that, all happen for a reason, and I have learnt these things while traveling this tinny little planet.

I say this with a grain of salt of course. Because as the old saying goes, you can't teach an old dog new tricks. But I say bullshit to that. Let me put a twist on this. You see, its true, an old dog will never change, unless he's starving and needs to in order to survive. I remember a wise man once told me a long time ago, over beers at a cottage that people don't change, they grow. I don't know if Max even remembers saying this to me in our drunken state or even knew how much this would stick with me, but in a sense he is absolutely right. I can't say that I have changed for sure on this incredible journey, because nobody likes to stub your toe, I mean that coffee table just jumped out of nowhere right.  But without a doubt I have grown up to be, what I think anyway is a better man (stop laughing Matthew I can hear you from here).

I don't know if I'm making any sense here or if you are all left scratching your heads, but who cares, this is my blog and I can say whatever the fuck I want.

In contradictory fashion, there are things we do need to worry about, the essentials. Such as money, health, your children the Montreal Canadiens. But I tell you, if you stop and really think about life, its all about today. And if you don't think this way, do as this Roman did, drop everything, your job, your apartment, your company vehicle, that special little someone (OK, maybe don't go that far) and live life. Go travel. There is not a better time to be at peace with life and yourself. I know, not everyone has these giant balls that Marcus and I have (mine are a much bigger of course). And if you can't do something as crazy as that, go for a short period of time. Let your wife or husband take care of the kids for a week or so and see just how much you can grow (again Donaldson, you have one hell of a wife). I tell you, you will never, ever regret it. And your loved ones will appreciate you more, at least we hope right?  And if not for them, do it for yourself, its incredible what comes to your mind while lost in the middle of a city that doesn't speak a lick of English.

Life is too damn short to worry about the shit you can't control or to sweat the small stuff. So come on, let future you worry about tomorrow. Sit back, and enjoy today, because before you know it, life will have passed you by and you will really be left scratching your now bald head.

When in Rome!
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Bic on

Mr Parke, I think you meant to say seat, fly by the seat of your pants

Art on

Alright. That's enough. You get your ass home right now, young man. There is no such thing as a city that doesnt speak english. Yea people grow...that's right...they grow old. Donaldson, dont listen to this guy. Save yourself

Julie Said on

Wow! What a awesome blog! You are very wise and smart my friend... :)

Julie Costello on

Holy shit that is heavy stuff. I've been looking forward to a new blog and that sure is one. Sounds like you got hit in the head by a a psychologist. That's OK.
Just remember, you will never have the balls that your grandfather has. (nor do you want to)
Love ya buddy, stay safe.

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