Afghanistan 2010-2011 travel blog

Sitting here 2230 and listening to some music thinking of the drive I did across the country. That was one of the best experiences I've ever had. The freedom to be on the road, listening to music, no real worries and just enjoying my time. It had been such a long time since I had taken time for myself, time to relax and not worry about work or sacrificing my time for someone else. Now I'm sitting here in Afghanistan wanting to do it again, to get on the road and drive and not be worried about what the next 3 or 4 days hold for me in terms of work, no deadlines, no meetings, no emails, no stress just the joy of driving around and doing what I want when I want. If I do it again I'll definitely leave out the plans to meet up with people on specific days, although it did let me complete the trip on time it still had deadlines and the urge to get up early and get on the road. Once on the road though it was great taking in the scenes of the country and just sitting back thinking how amazing it was to be doing something I had planned for so long. Now I'm sitting here for a few more months and wondering what I wanna do when I get home and where I wanna go. In the end I think I might just drive around again since I enjoyed that so much. It's been a long 3 months out here and you look forward to things that will get your mind off of where you're at like seeing family, having a drink, taking a clean shower, all the little things you don't even think about when you're home.

As I listen to some Dwight Yoakam I can't wait to get back in my truck and blast the radio and drive across the deserts of arizona and california where I can drive and not worry if the car in front or behind me will blow up, if some asshole will shoot at me, if the trash on the side of the road is just that, or is someone watching it trying to time it just right to hit our vehicle. We laugh and joke about all the things that take place out here as a way to pass the time but I can't wait to get back home and just turn it off for a month or two turn off the edge that you're on while you're here. Deployed life, no matter how good you have it, will never be home and until I'm back in the states I'll still be on edge and tired from working longer hours than most and waiting for the email saying congrats you're going home. Until that email I'll keep listening to music and replaying my trip over and over.

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