Traveling at Age 81 – OHS030

It is interesting where we find our inspiration. Sometimes it is more interesting when inspiration finds us. This is just what happened to me one night sitting at the bar at my local pub drinking a beer. It did take a number of years before I was actually able to take the experience, advice, and resulting inspiration to heart. But I did and I still do. I was even able to share this story with my mother who also found great inspiration and motivation. Currently both my mother and myself are bearing the fruits of this one delicate and unique interaction of inspiration.

One of my great dreams and desires in life is to travel. International travel… To visit places of wonder, meet the locals, to eat the unknown and simply be out on the edge of the mainstream lives many of us tend to live. For many years it was not within my realm of financial reality to manifest walking “around the world like Cain in the Kung Fu.” (A reference made by Samuel L. Jackson’s character in the movie Pulp Fiction.) Then at the turn of the millennium I bought and started to live in my own Martial Art school. The name of my dojo was 3 Shapes Aikido. For ten years I taught, trained, and lived at 3 Shapes Aikido in theHistoric North End Neighborhood of Boise, Idaho.

In that time I was able to travel quite a bit within the United States training in the art of Aikido. I was a “Dojo Maniac!” Mostly what I saw was the inside of an airport, an airplane, and the dojo. Not quite the travel I aspired to do but travel nonetheless. I spent so much time in California some Aikido students thought I actually lived there. Now as cool as cool can be, that was pretty cool. Yet my heart deeply yearned for long term solo international travel.

One night after arriving from a weekend of Aikido training in another state, I felt like having a beer. I walked the three blocks to my local pub and eatery for a late night drink and get the feel of being back in Boise, Idaho. I was sitting at the bar relaxing and drinking my beer. I did not expect what would happen next. A woman’s voice asked me if she could share her drink with me? The unique and somewhat “non-ordinary” conversation I had with her inspired me in ways I did not know were even possible. Years later in sharing this conversational story with my mother, it inspired her to travel. And now years later I find myself living my dreams traveling the world. But more importantly, I am also helping my mother to live her dreams as we travel the world together.

Show Notes:

  • Inspiration has a funny way of finding us at times.
  • Who would think an 81 year old woman could so deeply inspire you to travel.


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