No gain in life comes without loss, no profit without cost. As written recently one thing that is key to the publican roll is the short leash that accompanies it. It is this leash that is the ‘cost’ for the ‘profit’ that is being part of the community. I miss being tethered to my business which is something I have always considered to be a result of the Romany lifestyle that I have.
This morning I was watching the news and considering how much I wanted to visit this or that place. I realised how much travelling is part of me, how embedded it is. Don’t misunderstand me I am not a big leisure traveller, I struggle with aimless wandering, but more and more I am being drawn to it. The thing is that I have not left the shores of this country since August. That is a hell of a gap for a man who fills his passports with visa stamps and wears out the covers.
I love exploring, but not tourist sites. For me the joy in distant lands is being part of the grass roots, its working in factories and eating in family restaurants. My job has been fantastic at allowing me the opportunity to meet and be involved with people all over the world. Most importantly it has allowed me to be my own brand of tourist. Innocuous and invisible, strolling to a chinese bar on a Saturday afternoon is me not joining a throng to visit landmarks.
Will I be able to overcome this drive to travel? Will my need for community overcome my need for change and new shores? I think so and after all like I said there is no profit without cost.
One other thing that occurred to me whilst watching the morning news. How tired do they think we are? They have a guest every morning who is related to a top story, but they ask their opinion of everything. This morning I watched a senior analyst at an American bank discussing sports and royal pictures. Surely experts are brought in for their expertise and not general comment? They could save more money and just bring in ‘bob my neighbour’.