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iExploreAmerica

an unorthodox journey

 

Clearwater, Florida...a wonderful place to visit and be in love

Florida has its own charm. I spent just over a year there. Desperate for work, I finally applied at the day labor for hire and along with the most interesting characters you could ever wish to meet I lined up at 5 am. My lipstick perfectly applied, the managers first mistook me as someone who came to hire laborers. 

No, I said, I am here to work. And work I did - until I thought I would drop dead from exhaustion. $5.50 per back-breaking hour. I would not exchange those experiences for anything in the world. They were priceless. 

I had a little bit of money in my pocket and my self respect.

I quickly realized something very important: it is impossible to contemplate anything beyond how tired and hungry you are and that is why so many people who do such physical labor never break free from that life. I have deep understanding and respect for the laborers of this world.

I worked for WorkForce One

Dunedin, Florida

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I loved living in Dunedin. We had view of the Gulf from our screened in porch. 

It is an area condusive to exercise. I learned to rollerblade and on my second or third day of rollerblading I was showing off and took the most awful tumble - my back will never be the same again. 

Luckily, I worked part time for a very good chiropractor who helped me on the way to recovery.

 

Keep on your journey, Friend. Dreams change. Find joy in something.