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It's Your Life

For one year, from June 1973 through June 1974, my husband, our three kids, and I lived in a 21-foot Winnebago while we wandered through Central and South America. It was an extraordinary experience: We never knew what was down the road and around the corner. We didn't know who we'd meet, what we'd eat, or where we'd sleep. That was the thrill of it. Even if it was a bad day, it was a vivid day.

At that time it had become important for my husband and me to set out on a voyage of discovery. It was less an exploration of foreign cultures than it was a discovery of ourselves. We had come to the realization that in the career-dominated pattern of our lives, we had let the rest of our commitments plateau. We had allowed life and relationships to become habitual. Anything that becomes routine is not really experienced. It was only in work that we were passionately alive and so we had become workaholics. To recapture life we had to take work out of our lives.


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