A Hat Full of Sky

The time has come. As this post goes live, I will be taking to the skies (in a plane – I’ve left my cape at home) to fly 10,000 miles in search of adventure.

To be honest, it’s scary. It’s a long way to go and I’m going alone.

It is, however, necessary.

Sometimes, you realise you have stopped seeing the beauty in life.

You realise you are taking the wonderful people around you for granted, not appreciating what you have and forgetting what you’re trying to do and achieve with your short time kicking around on this planet.

This is a dangerous state to find yourself in. Not only is it quite depressing, it is also self-perpetuating.

When you stop seeing what is interesting and special about yourself and your life, it becomes too easy to stagnate. When every day is more or less the same, no one time is any better than any other to start something new – so we don’t. We are, all of us, waiting – for nothing.

At this point, however, you cannot just change.

There is no switch you can flick, to suddenly start making the most of everything again. You can make a decision to instigate a change, sure, but that takes time.

The way I see it, if you want to genuinely appreciate everything in your life again, it makes sense to leave it all behind…and see what you’re left with.

For that reason, I’m leaving for a while. Not, however, because I necessarily think there is more for me elsewhere.

Yes, I cannot wait to discover lands that are totally new to me; I’m looking forward to meeting new people, having new experiences and overcoming new challenges. I know for sure I’ll learn new things about myself and come back different, if ever so slightly so.

But I will come back – and that is half the reason for leaving in the first place.

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colours. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” ― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

So here we go. Here is the next installment; The Chronicles of Edventure: Down (and out) Under.

In California, 2008

In California, 2008

About the Author
Ed Gamester is a silly man who lives in the United Kingdom. He is the harbinger of Ghost Squad, singer of Gay Bum and author of A Rum Run Awry. He fights, kills and dies for TV and films, and gallivants around the place wrestling, drinking and lifting things for glory and profit. Where Ed treads, there stamp the boots of the Guild. Ed does not wear glasses, but feels this photograph makes him look more intelligent and artistically talented than he is. Feel free to contact him: he is disappointingly affable.

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