Do what makes you happy

 

This blog post is not about my walking the Derwent River however it is about the spirit in which I tackled the trek.

I made my own mind up about where I would go, how I would get there and return, how long I would take, and the shape of the overall experience.  While some people were exceptionally nervous about my walking along some parts of the river, only two people told me not to walk particular sections. But I didn’t listen. I knew that, despite my bad ankles, feet, and knees I could do anything I wanted and would.  Even if it was at the rate of half the speed of what ‘normal’ people do – whatever that is.

My project to walk from the mouth to the source has always been intended to inspire others to find their own projects – not necessarily walking projects – but always discovery projects where you face the uncertainty of not knowing the outcome.  Let me tell you – you can do so much more than you believe.

One of the blogs which I follow, Soul Trekkers, has published a post telling how she follows her own path despite other people wanting to decide for her where she goes.  You can read it at Choose your Own Adventure.

Be inspired and find your own projects.  Push yourself out of your comfort zone (but keep safe) and enjoy finding out more about this wonderful world of ours.

 

 

 

8 thoughts on “Do what makes you happy

  1. DeeScribes

    Just this week I bit the bullet and signed up for a writing class I have been considering. It scares the crap out of me, because it forces me to really tackle the book I’ve been putting off. But, I’m committed! I’ll keep you posted as to progress.

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    1. Tasmanian traveller Post author

      That’s it! Going for something that is outside your comfort zone. Congratulations for enrolling in the class – and may a wonderful book be the result in a year or two or three. Are you planning to write fiction or non-fiction? Best wishes

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      1. DeeScribes

        Why write fiction when non-fiction is full of so much fodder? Seriously – you can’t make most of this up. Reality provides more than enough for me to write about! Thanks for the vote of confidence.

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        1. Tasmanian traveller Post author

          I have (probably like many) always fantasised about writing a novel and I have put my toe in the water a few times in minor ways. However I am realising what I prefer and am best at. I believe you are correct – nonfiction is where the action is. I have published two non-fiction books this year – a 180 odd page book (which includes photos of all living descendants) of all the Tyzacks in my family line in Australia since our first ancestor landed in Aust in 1866. The second one is a 280 page book almost all words – very personal compilation of past records from a friend. Both have been huge, I mean huge, amount of work. The content is easy by comparison with the proofing, editing and formatting etc. I am so grateful to be retired and if I cant sleep I can be up at 2am or whatever working on these. I have one more non-fiction book to compile and publish by the end of November. I feel I have found my way – admittedly I have to finish writing up all the Derwent River walking posts, but these three books had urgent deadlines – so it will be January before I finish the Derwent story on this blog. But through all the process of putting together the first two books, I have discovered so many records that I could spend the rest of my life producing publications. All self publishing through Lulu.org. Can’t fault it. So best wishes with your book/s – and may you get the writing book bug like me. I may even turn my Derwent blog into a book!

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  2. Canuck Carl

    Each of us really are so much more capable of doing much more than we think we are capable of doing. I have enjoyed your adventures and I learned a lot through your posts!

    And you have done what you set out to do…to inspire others. 🙂

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