Marc Latham travelled to all the populated continents on a shoestring in his twenties, not having any other plans after that. So everything since has been a bonus.
He wasn’t the best traveller in the world, or world-changer. He just travelled for the sake of it: to have fun, see nice places, meet interesting people, and learn a little.
He then started further education, and finished with a PhD a decade later. He would have preferred a regular salaried academic job, once wanting to become another Chomsky, but academia seemed more interested in inspiring Jihad Johns and Janes at the time!
So Marc became a freelance writer, and had four books published before self-publishing two of his own. He has also run four marathons and done some marathon hikes.
Life and Ambition
The above is just to clarify Marc’s life emphasis, and that he’s living his life for himself, and competing against targets and ambitions he sets himself. He doesn’t consider himself a part of the ‘rat-race’.
Brian May of Queen fame was on the Question Time political debate programme recently, and said it was disappointing that the Labour representative was talking about aspiration only in terms of career, as it used to mean achieving things outside the workplace.
That was the time that inspired Marc, although he has been inspired since too, and he thinks the current generation are generally blinkered and brainwashed by the way Britain has been run since Thatcher, and through the New Labour years. Of course, the recession has probably made people focus more on work, and be glad of having a job etc, and I don’t blame them at all for putting their security first..
Marc generally has good wishes to all who wish him well, and part of him doing what he does is hopefully to inspire those who want to be inspired, as he was inspired by people before starting to travel, write and run long distances.
For those who don’t want to be inspired, or even read it; probably the same kind of Negatives who criticised Jane Tomlinson and Jamie Oliver; please don’t bother reading!
XaW Files in Poland
With 202 episodes to write, I would have thought the greenYgrey would have kept to the minimum words allowed by our quantity control, which is about one page of Google Docs, but this episode rambles on for three pages!
Well, the greenYgrey had been rambling in head more than foot and paw for most of the chapter, and had rambled itself into a corner with three countries to visit in three episodes, so it only has itself to blame really.
Chapter 3 Episode 22
I am jealous
of my younger self
but it didn’t have
all the knowledge
on the other hand
I hadn’t made the mistakes
I’ve since rued
and not all the knowledge
is needed or wanted
I don’t really want
to write about it
but I tell myself
and I’ve already
to get to the
of the page…
Carry Me Kamienne Kregi
The dip in the sea
toast and coffee
Love and warmth
had indeed helped
to revive gradually
my frozen memory.
However, I was still not feeling 100%, or as it’s known in the greenYgrey world, 50/10/40%, what with green having five letters, Y having one, and grey four. I asked the others if they knew anywhere nice in Poland. Jack said he’d seen many on the flight, but a place just south-west of Gdansk had stood out.
So we looked it up on Google Maps, and Jack pinpointed it to Kamienne Kregi in the Grzybnica natural reserve near Koszalin. I sure did like the sound of it.
Destination identified, now we left Nowy, swimming quickly, around Rewa, past Puck, left of Leba, rowing round Rowy, straight south through Slupsk, bolting by Bytow… so fast I collapsed, and had to be carried into Kamienne Kregi by the others.
Jack Wolfpac Answers Back
‘I can walk from here,’ I offered, although I didn’t really feel like it.
‘No, no,’ answered Jack, ‘you look worn out, definitely overdoing it. I suspected that from your first paragraph, but I knew you wanted to get the ramble flowing again, so I was happy to bring you here.’
Jack Wolfpac Harks Back
‘I must admit,’ Jack continued, ‘that I seem to have brought you a long way around, which has probably contributed to your exhausted state. I wonder now if I subconsciously did it just to see more of Poland’s Baltic Sea coast, as I had liked what I saw around Gdansk. It was worth the journey for me, but I wouldn’t have undertaken it if I’d known you were going to collapse.’
‘Jumping Jack Wolfpac,’ I replied, ‘I am not sorry you brought me the way you did. It was indeed a beautiful journey. I think it was my own fault for collapsing, as I had already started rambling long before the travelling started, and now continue, even though I am well past the one-page finishing line.’
‘I think I know how you feel,’ replied Jack, ‘although I have of course only written a few blog posts on the greenYgrey blog. It’s hard to get started, but once you get into the rhythm, it flows easily, and even gets enjoyable within the zone… like rambling exercise in fact. So good you don’t want to stop at the finishing line… wanting to carry on until you see and feel the painfully cold bricks of the wall.’
‘Why (Jack was still talking to us all, and not just my Y), my human inspiration Jack Kerouac was supposed to have written On The Road in one go, on one scroll of paper.’
Winter Sunset Positive Spin
‘I think I know how that could have happened,’ I replied, ‘especially while listening to Guns N’ Roses after coffees and a run, and the sun setting is a better clock face than in summer, for the winter sunset signals that the day is only half old, and not nearly finished as in the warm months… although the longer sunshine is better then, always calling me out to play, but I can’t always go, can’t always go out to play. So, it’s nice to be here with you now, out in the open, in a beautiful nature reserve, enjoying the sun, free with the feeling of a day’s good travelling, with great companions who helped me reach today’s destination, and yesterday’s too of course.’
‘Thank you,’ said Love, ‘it’s been great listening to you, but I think you’ve overdone it again. Lets get settled for the night, and put our feet and paws up. I realised today we’ve still got the Czech Republic and Slovakia to visit, and only two episodes left in the chapter to see them.’
‘Gazooks,’ I said, ‘I was going to suggest using some of this episode for the next, but it looks like we’re going to need all the next two episodes to provide a fitting finale to the chapter!’
Just then, Use Your Illusion 2 ended, and I’d reached Page 3 of this document, in a week when The Sun’s Page 3 had dominated the U.K. headlines!