What’s holding you back?

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This was the question from my oldest son’s girlfriend today during casual conversation. She asked “so when are you going to start traveling? When are you gonna go some place?” I should my head, hoped to deflect and said “well things have been a little chaotic…” 

She didn’t drop her gaze. Looking at me. Wanting an answer. 

Dammit.

I looked at her thoughtfully and said “Of course the answer is the same as anybody else’s: me. It’s always that way, it’s just that some people don’t know it. So yeah, I’ve got that part. At least that’s what I pay $80/hour for someone to tell me (jesting).” 

She shook her head, pondering…and then conceded “Yep. I can understand that.”

The unspoken conversation that followed in the silence:

Her: So what are you gonna do about it?

Me: I’m working on it. 

Her: Good

Oldest son took it all in. 

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