Down and up again

I’d be lying if I said to you that things have not been chaotic. 2012 was a turbulent year for me and so far some of those difficulties are being dragged into 2013. I’m not worried though, because every obstacle I’ve encountered has given me a chance to reflect on what I need to do in order to fulfill my purpose in life. Here on my blog, I’ve written a lot about wanting to film my own documentary these past 12 months…while grasping at different areas of the world and hoping I can hold onto one of them long enough to book a plane ticket and go.

Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea. If you want to escape the madness going on in the rest of the world, this is the place to be. I'd love to sitting out by that harbor eating mangoes and forgetting about all the corruption and greed tearing the world apart.
Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea. If you want to escape the madness going on in the rest of the world, this is the place to be. I’d love to sitting out by that harbor eating mangoes and forgetting about all the corrupt politicians and institutional failings that can make society so dark.

The Philippines, Pakistan, and Oceania have all been places of strong interest to me…so much so that I assembled a Kickstarter project last Summer that was focused on combating human trafficking. Things got a little more tempting when I went to Boston a few weeks later and ended up coming home with a $500 travel voucher from United Airlines, which I had planned to put to use after my Winter trip to Boston (I just recently returned that trip, in fact). So I searched United’s flight itinerary and ended up choosing a round trip ticket to Honduras. The Central American nation seemed like a good choice to me because I would have been able to focus on the human trafficking epidemic while tying in the drug trade issues I have covered extensively over the years.

Mayan ruins in the Honduran rainforest.
Mayan ruins in the Honduran rainforest.

Suffice it to say, things did not work out. Although I was able to enjoy over two weeks in Boston, coupled with a getaway to Portland, Maine, for a day, I had to cancel my Honduras flight due to some personal family difficulties I’m trying to overcome. I invested a lot of energy and emotion into that trip, but I’m starting to realize that this might have been a necessary step on the road to success. Fortunately, I still have some credit left over from the trip that is as resilient as the passion inside of me to do something about the plague of human trafficking.

If I’ve disappointed any of you, I ask that you don’t give up on me. This new year is just getting started and already I feel there’s a great explosion of opportunity coming. I’m thankful that despite all the failings of society, the world is still a beautiful place full of mystery and adventure. I’m also glad I have friends who are committed to the cause of making a better future. As I conclude this post — which I hope has explained some things — I’m getting ready to call one of them in the great nation of Australia.

Keep going…whatever your goals are.

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