It is frightenedly easy to flow back into the American lifestyle, as we are doing. It is scary because we can easily become accustomed to having all the conveniences that we used to know and then some, especially the food. There is food everywhere we look and it is available 24 hours a day, it is cheap, it is unhealthy and therefore it is extremely tasty. That can be a problem, especially for Gypsies like us, because we don’t have any cooking utensils, ergo we currently eat out a lot.
It reminds me of my years of commercial fishing. We would spend weeks at sea, before cell phones or sat phones, before twitter, facebookor email, away from all news except the weather, because in reality ,at that moment, the only thing that could really affect your life, was the weather. We had no real contact with the real world, other than tidbits we would hear from amongst the fleets and from week old newspapers supplied via the tenders. It was a different life. Certainly not pleasant and certainly not easy, extremely stressful and tiring, but not weighted down by anything other than the weather.
However, whenever we pulled into port and as soon as we stepped back into the real world, I noticed something about each and every one of us; if there was a television on within eye-shot, our eyes were on it. We were mesmerized, locked in, focused on nothing but the tv, as if we had never seen one before. It didn’t matter what was on, it didn’t matter who was talking to us or what we were doing, we could not look away. I recall several deep important conversations, likely about the weather,a small tv flickering way off in the background displaying a Spanish soap opera, and not one of us hearing what was being said to us. We were so starved for the real world, that when it was presented to us, we overdosed on it, gorged ourselves until we could not stand it.
That is what we are doing with food right now. We have essentially lived a year of our live’s without the easy access, without the 24 hour availability, without the “real world” influence so that we are overdosing on it right now. I’m sure our health is suffering and I know my waistline is suffering. But the good news is that each and every one of us has become sick of it. We are ready to go back to normal. The problem is, we don’t know what normal is anymore. Stay tuned as we try to figure it out. And if you know you can shoot me an email, or likely you can find me at Hardees, Zaxby’s, KFC, Applebees, Chili’s, Chick Fil A, Sonny’s, Sticky Fingers…………