Sunday, September 14, 2008

highways and bye-ways

On Friday I met with my non-fiction professor to discuss an idea for an independent study next summer. I'm not sure how it came to me, but on my way to class the thought congealed: travel writing; a month long road trip. She loved it!

I'm thinking, roughly, 6000 miles on $5000.

The answer to a quarter-life crisis?

A liberation from responsibility and sense?

For what and why?

To find my true self.

To stumble upon Home in pure form.

It doesn't sound crazy in my head, though the money will be a trial. They say, "if there's a will, there's a way." And there's time to consider logistics and funding. I'm not going to mask my lust for it nor will I deny how mesmerizing the day dreams have been. Thirty days to see and taste and smell half of America, or more if I wanted. Thirty days to reinvent my purpose, my place, my routine. Thirty days of distraction from all that is "fair" [in love and war]. And to write it, for credit no less? This is why I can't give up higher education. The Man would never allow such a blatant severing of strings. Ah!, freedom and The Road...


Shawn Michel de Montaigne said...

Go for it! I can tell you if you don't, the mid-lifer is much, much worse.

You're a terrific writer. I look forward to reading more from this blog soon.

Anonymous said...

what an amazing opportunity! This would be such an unbelievable experience for you. I'm doing an independent study right now and I love the freedom of being able to come up with your own class agenda. Can't wait to hear how everything goes!

Victoria said...

Do it!!! I can't wait to read your blogs!!! I am already jealous!!!!;)

Haha, I am currently reading Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck!

La C. said...

Sweet! This is something you must do! My quarter life crisis almost killed me and it's taking me quite a time to get over it. I've not kept up lately but I am assuming you are in grad school? I'll play catch up today. Best of luck. Gas will be a bitch but everything else can definitely be done on the cheap tip. Too bad hitching is so damned dangerous these days.

Anonymous said...

i would love to see this! i've wanted to do it for years now, but i just never seem to be able to pull it off. if you've got the opportunity, you should definitely take it.