I just finished a Bill Bryson novel called Neither Here Nor There. I highly recommend it if you are at all interested in Europe and/or traveling. The titled portrays the book well.
During an MSN conversation this morning with my life long friend who I am lucky enough to be sharing a mid life crisis with, I discovered this book title portrays our life very well. Our conversation went something like this:
Aly: I think all my grandpa’s friends in Florida are dead.
Aly: I want to go to Outer Space.
Liz: I think pepperoni must be radioactive.
While all these random thoughts were running across the internet, I realized we were both neither here nor there. Here being in work place reality and there being reality as we knew it in college. Graduating college and being stuck in a job you dislike can do that to you. You pray to god every night that the university will realize you didn’t really have enough classes to graduate and call you back to finish your initial pursuit. But realistically, none of your friends are at university anymore and if you only had one class to complete, you’d be expected to do it at the local community college or someplace of equal commuting excitement. You decide that was a waste of a prayer, so you go back and repray to god to send you an email about a fabulous job position in an even more fabulous industry. But all that shows up in your inbox is “Learn about the new trend of Sarbanes-Oxley.” By now you realize prayer isn’t goning to get you “there” and you flip him off as you lay your head on your desk and settle on daydreaming… of your ideal job. Mine would be a travel writer – I would travel around the world learning about new cultures and describing my experiences. Then I would publish a novel and everyone would read it, laugh at it and want to travel themselves. I would received a lot of money and continue on to another part of the world to write another novel. This being infeasible to begin without the lot of money I mentioned, I am considering Aly’s proposal of opening a travel planning business. It would NOT be a travel agency since they died with the birth of expedia.com but a travel planning organization catering to all age groups and vacation styles. Aly began brainstorming our themed vacations on the 7 am express to Penn station coming up with: Haunted Europe, Royal Europe and a Literary version which I am struggling to create a catchy name for. This could take off but I haven’t sorted it out in my head yet who would pay all the airfare costs to travel to a city for a day or two to take a ghost tour – except for young stoned backpackers ofcourse! It is a creative idea in my opinion and we could capitalize our travels as Research and Development. It wouldn’t take much capital – just some friendly relationships with the airlines.
Well, it is a dream, maybe it is one of them that will come true. Until then, I will continue to analyze fixed asset repairs and maintenance payments and dream about what the future holds. The Disney princess in me is still stronger the the Miranda Hobbs, I have yet to give up dreaming!
Till then… I will stay in this place of neither here nor there.
(I give Aly credit for all creative ideas and motivation outlined in this article. She should really patent it before I continue to take credit for it.)