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September 13, 2021

When you’re Traveling & they tell you to “Stop Working!”

My Travel is not a Vacation.

Many of us have to, and want to, Travel & Work. 

But when good friends tell me to

“I’m in amazing place LET ME PLUG MY BOOK THAT I’VE FUCKING TOLD YOU ALL ABOUT A MILLION TIMES BECAUSE I FINALLY GET TO STARE AT A SCREEN!!!”
Shut your fucking pie-hole and enjoy the world.”

and

Stop Working!

and more

Stop Working.

and…

agreed. Vacations [are] not for finishing books.

And…

Stop grinding…it’s embarrassing to watch. Maybe just relax before the big day…and I am not referring to the day when you finish your book just in case you’re confused. Dude get right with the situation…stop grinding.

I say…

First of all, Thank you! The struggle is real!

But who said I’m taking a vacation?

You did.

Getting offline completely goes against my livelihood, but is so hard in a good way for me after all these years of work.

And I do think you can travel and work, both, in fact I think that’s truly sustainable.

I’ve had plenty of detox from work-work but am also trying to finish a very real life project that in many ways will provide security for myself, my house, my future family and hopefully be of some real benefit from the Dharma gift I was given is important.

…and has been really hard to complete (98% done a month ago, 99% done a month later with all the travel finally seeing mom and intro’ing her and Michelle to one another, now off to wedding and first real travel with Michelle my love in this long pandemic.

So I know you love to tease [dear friends] but plugging my work in a cynical push-sense is not what I do, I share what I care about and you too hopefully care about Dharma and climate crisis and your right livelihood and activism/social/political justice, and I have to work to pay for this expensive and difficult during Covid travel.

Telling me not to work when I’m traveling is half-right—it’s good to detox and it’s hard and powerful and important.
 
But it’s half-wrong, too: working while I travel also makes my travel and life sustainable, and taking off 2 weeks a year so you can grind the rest of the year is what Capitalism tells us life is.
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