The only guarantee in life is that nothing will ever be guaranteed to you. Things change. For me, change has always been something I’ve grappled with for control over. I’ve always tried to live my life one step ahead of everyone else. For better or worse, restlessness and a fear of not having my fate in my own hands have made me do some ridiculous things… from moving to California on a whim, to breaking off good relationships with girlfriends over almost nothing and even further back, quitting the basketball team my sophomore year of high school even though I had been the only freshmen on the varsity squad just the year before. And for as confused as some of my decisions have left people, I can honestly say I have often been equally confused. After all, I ended up hooping again my last two years of school.
There are some changes that I’ve enacted with complete certainty, though, and have never felt any pangs of regret for. Most recently, I quit my job in San Diego, CA to start this travel blog with an old college buddy/proven videographer. After weeks of planning, we moved out to Charlotte, NC to really get cracking and start creating content for a momentous launch and a subsequent road trip around the southeastern US. On the eve of our planned launch, life crossed me over and showed me that I wasn’t the only one who could leave people in shock from my spontaneity.
I can’t blame the homie for not wanting to follow through with Glass Duffle. He’s got some life-changing opportunities in store for him in the very near future and everyone should always look out for their own best interests first and foremost. So even though he had to back out of working on this blog with me, I still have nothing but the utmost respect and support for the dude and everything he does (including the video for this post).
Anyway, it seems like Glass Duffle will now be a solo project, which is both intimidating and exciting. I’ve twice made the drive from coast to coast, both times alone but also as the driver of my late beloved car, Veronica. With Veronica in another man’s hands now, my traveling across the United States has gone from a road trip to more of a backpacking adventure, living one location to the next, and that suits me just fine.
In the past couple months I have had the luck to meet an absurd amount of genuine people that I’ve formed meaningful relationships with while consistently testing myself and my abilities and I hope to keep that streak going far into 2013 and beyond. Glass Duffle will be an account of my adventures, the people I meet, the cultural aspects I love from each city and whatever else life decides to throw at me along the way. Open-mindedness is the mantra and challenge-through-change is the motive.
Stay in touch and stay tuned! Things are just getting started.