I’m on the 49 lake shore limited from NYC to Chicago at the moment. The last time I was in Chicago was 2006 for the scooter show, or maybe it was my Idaho trip. Either away I was on the road going to or through somewhere. I at that age, maybe 18 or 19 was quite adventurous although just as scared of flying then as I am now. But not one to be discouraged by circumstance. Fear has it’s place, and I made my way around and through it many times, and will again…
Train travel is a curious and fun way to travel, albeit long. You pass the time by making news friends in the dining car and the observation car when you are on longer trips. This Chicago car has a dining car but no observation deck. That’s next up on the 28 Texas eagle.
My goal on this trip is first and foremost to play the show at SXSW we are slated for. This is immensely exciting to me. But it’s so much more for me. It’s my first big trip alone. It’s my first big trip since 2006 almost 8 years who. And it’s my first big trip since I came off all medication in 2010 and underwent 3 years of intense withdrawal having been on the mediation for over 10 years. My life in the first 8 months of that withdrawal was not a life at all, rather waiting out excruciatingly debilitating cognitive and physical effects from the drug cessation. Which is to say, this is the first time I have felt alive enough to make a journey like this. Which is also to say I am hoping that this trip makes me a braver man and one that is willing to take more and more risk. It is this risk and adventure that I know will bring me closes to my purpose in life, which I have been coming closer to more and more with my music.
The journey begins.