Photo provided by Sue Vincent at scvincent.com
No one knows where I am. They’re probably saying I’m crazy. That’s okay; I don’t expect most of them to understand.
I’m out here, all alone. Miles away, on another continent. The view is breathtakingly beautiful. The sounds are inherently calming. I don’t wake to an alarm; the slight hint of dawn and the chirping of birds is what wakes me every morning.
Chastity might understand. Maybe one day I’ll go back for her. Or maybe I won’t, if it could mean losing everything I have right now.
What I have now is freedom. Like the gulls cawing above, I have freedom from my uncouth boss, freedom from bills, the mortgage, that ex-wife and her constant prying for alimony. I have freedom from the stress. The only thing I have to stress about now is what I’ll eat. So far, I’ve been able to find a way, every time. This is a life of survival, and I’m doing it. I never thought I could give up that false security back home. Now, I know it’s totally possible.
The beach breeze brings a pleasant, salty smell to the air. Some days, I remind myself that the lack of a shower means a lack of interest–on my house, my credit cards, my car. I let them repossess it, and the house went into foreclosure. Some will say I was only trying to jilt my ex-wife, but they don’t see the larger monster that I needed to escape.
Money is what ruled me, and what was bound to kill me. I was working non-stop, fueling myself with caffeine, Redbull and barbecue. Now, I take my chances on a steep mountain or waking up in a hostel, not knowing if I’ll gather money to buy my next meal, but I am getting better day by day. Instead of getting heart disease, I will get leaner.
In a day or two, I’ll go to visit the monks on the next mountain. I think they’ll agree with my decisions. Learning to do without is really freeing.
*Every week, Sue Vincent posts a photo prompt and a challenge to fellow bloggers. Directions are: Use the image (below) as inspiration to create a post on your own blog… poetry, prose, humour… light or dark, whatever you choose, by noon (GMT) Wednesday 16th August and link back to this post with a pingback.
I invite you to visit the post on Sue Vincent’s blog at https://scvincent.com/2017/08/10/thursday-photo-prompt-alone-writephoto/