Sleeping Most Of The Day & My Thoughts! (RI-NJ) “DAY 344” – 6/13/11

June 14, 11:06 am - (RI-NJ) “DAY 344” - Week 50 - State 47

For the second straight day I didn’t get much sleep all night long. (I’d say over the past two days I have had a total of 2-3 hours sleep and that sleep was broken up into a few sessions.)  So, needless-to-say, I am tired!

Now, since I didn’t do anything today (Monday) except drive to New Jersey, arrange plans for New York City, and sleep, I’ll take this time to talk about a few things I haven’t touched on in awhile.

Charity Work
Over the past 345 days I have done more charity work than I have done in my life.  That being said, I am disappointed in myself that I haven’t volunteered any of my time since I was in Pittsburgh.  It’s not because I didn’t want to, I was just so preoccupied with surviving myself, that I didn’t make it a priority. 🙁

F.Y.I. - I did try and find a place to volunteer when I was in New Hampshire but nobody from the places I contacted got back to me.  Then, when I was in Vermont, I stopped by a food bank and handed in a volunteer sheet (that Chris got me) but nothing came of it because I left VT after only 4 days.  I didn’t try in Mass, Connecticut, or Rhode Island.

So, this coming week while I’m in NYC, I will try and find a place where I can lend a hand and maybe get back some of the Karma I seemed to have lost over the past 4 weeks or so.  If anybody has any suggestions for NYC send me a message.  Thanks! 🙂

Fitness: Working Out
When I started this journey I was in the worst shape I had ever been in.  That’s mainly because I had just recovered from shoulder surgery and hadn’t worked out for over 10 months because of my injury. (I had a torn labrum which required 9-12 months of rehab with 2-3 months of that in a constant sling.)

So, when this adventure started my shoulder was fully healed, although very weak.  Now, my plan was to work out throughout the whole year so by this time in the trip, I’d be back to my old form.  Well... that didn’t happen. 🙁

What I didn’t realize before I left was how much effort was needed to get all my writing done as well as always just trying to survive. (Finding places to stay, food to eat, and so on.)

So, although in hind site, I still could have done some running, push-ups, sit-ups, and etc... (because they are free), I didn’t and that’s another one of my regrets from this year.  For certain, once this trip is over, working out with be one of my main priorities behind finding a job and working on making this year a book, movie, sitcom or whatever. 😉

I Have No Other Regrets
Outside of those two areas I just discussed and losing at poker with $90 of donated money a few days ago, I have no other regrets from this amazing adventure.  I’ve done more than I could have ever dreamed and more than I will probably do for the rest of my lifetime. (Although I hope that’s not the case.) 😉

I’d said this before, but the truth is that when I left last July 5th with the goal of traveling for an entire year, I only gave myself credit to make it 6 weeks (to Chicago).  After that, I figured it would only be a matter of time before my trip would end.

Basically what I’m saying is, if I had to of made a bet in Vegas on where my trip would have ended, I would've placed it on a state somewhere after Chicago before I got to Seattle, Washington. (The Dakota’s, Nebraska, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming would have had a lot of money on them.) 😉

So, to be this far along even if I didn’t spend entire week in Connecticut or Rhode Island is just fine with me.  I’m more than happy with what I’ve accomplished so far and the manner in which I did it.

F.Y.I. - There are a few other states I didn’t spend a whole week in but for the most part, I spend a at least a week in every other state.

More Thoughts On My Journey
I can honestly say that I’ve put myself out there and wrote the truth whether I liked what was writing or not.  And just as important, I kept to my two main rules of the trip. 1.) Write every day. (If I didn’t do this I would have just been a traveling homeless man without any goals in mind.)

And 2.) Have fun everyday!  I did this too until the last few days when I was in Connecticut and Rhode Island.  So, although I don’t have much money or anywhere to sleep, not having fun was the main reason why I am now going to NYC. (Maybe it’s because of those two things, but it is what it is.)

Anyway, this trip wasn’t to prove anything to anybody, it was to go and experience America while documenting it and having a blast.  And... in my opinion, I’ve done that and I’ve done it better than I ever could have dreamed! 🙂

Also, the list of things I wrote that I hoped to accomplish in every state was a motivation for me to not be complacent and kept reaching for more.  And... that too worked out perfectly because I was always constantly on the move looking for things to do. (Without goals and dreams... you have nothing to reach for.) 😉

So, even though I didn’t accomplish all that I sought out to achieve, I’m still overwhelmed with what I have been able do given the limited resources I had.  Mainly, I’ve gotten this far because of America and all the great people in it.  You all kick some serious ass!  Thank you America! 🙂 (Right: President Obama and I.)

That’s It For Now
The last thing I’ll write is something a friend of mine said to me that sums up everything that’s going on in my life right now in a short sentence.  He said “The last few miles of a marathon are never the prettiest but they are the most rewarding!”  F.Y.I. - I added the second half of the quote, he just said the the last few miles of a marathon are never the prettiest.  😉

Thanks for reading!


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  1. Dad says:

    no matter what, keep on writing.

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