I receive quite a few emails about my books, journeys and so on. Occasionally I receive one that makes me realise that the whole thing has been worthwhile, if only to pass on the spark to somebody else. “You can’t start a fire without a spark.” This was a wonderful email to receive:
Having recently purchased a bike to get about town with (I detest the London Underground, constantly being herded around like cattle) and having some problems with the chain I headed to Waterstones to find a book on fixing ones bike. There, I stumbled upon ‘Moods of Future Joys’…and it has left me in limbo! As soon as I finished it I of course purchased the sequel, struggled to put it down, and now having completed the two I am left unsure of what to do…
Well I know what I want to do. I want to wander back to Australia my way… slowly, be it by bike or whatever. Your books have re inspired me. For the last year since I left Sydney I have been working in London. Hospitality really doesn’t excite me. Nor does a desk job. The only thing that makes me smile is photography…and wandering where I want when I want to. I watch people and listen to what they say. I am scared of one day waking up and being boring. No longer having anything left to talk about…nothing exciting me.
I don’t like the materialism of the world I live in, how people pride themselves on having the biggest ‘everything’, the most expensive ‘everything’. I doesn’t feel real. It all feels so…fake.
I hate that being 22 I am expected to want to party all the time…drink myself into oblivion constantly. I did that when I was 18. Young and dumb partying in Sydney, chain smoking, trying new ‘exciting’ substances, sleeping with as many people as possible. I grew so tired of it! I left and discovered London is very much the same.
I’m rattling shit I know. Your books have just got me to thinking again. About how much happier and content I feel when I am wandering, carefree…existing rather than just living. Doing what I want, not what is expected.
Thank you. I am sure this is one of thousands of e-mails you have received but thank you. Anything is possible in this world.
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