Looking ahead is fraught with danger. But I will do it anyway.
I am number 31 on the list for a studio apartment at Bayshore Presbyterian Apartments. I have moved only 13 spaces in the past year or year and a half.
At best, I may be on the list for another two years. I’m okay with that as long as my living arrangements stay intact.
I am comfortable here in Temple Terrace. Everything I need is within walking or city bus distance. My current location is better in many ways, except for the price. The rent at Bayshore is half of what I am paying now.
One critical item is to keep my current job. You must make 2x the rent in Social Security, pensions, or income. Savings do not count.
I have to keep this job, but my income might need to be lowered to qualify.
Now I could lose my job if my eyesight or brain deteriorates.
Now that I work from home, I must find time to walk every day before or after my shift.
I will save time for working on the websites to days off.
On workdays, I must concentrate on dieting, walking, and lifting.
Diet means no carbs.
On off days, I need to renew my habit of going urban walkabouts, taking the bus to new locations, and checking out coffee shops. I want to know every coffee house in the city.
I am fortunate to have everything I need to live a good life. Most of what I buy are items to replenish what has run out.
When the moratorium on student loan collections ends, I need to ensure my savings are in cash and gold. I need to keep as little as possible in my checking account in case the government goes after me.
I must concentrate on building an online income over the next 2 years so I can live anywhere in the world I desire. For now, Tampa is OK.
Get fit. Earn. And prosper.
The Joys of Going Urban Walkabout in Your Own City
In the bustling urban landscapes we call home, it’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind and overlook the treasures outside our doors. We often dream of exotic travel destinations, seeking adventure in far-off lands while neglecting the wonders that await us in our cities.
However, going on an urban walkabout – a journey of exploration within your city – can be a truly enriching and joyous experience. It allows you to see your surroundings through new eyes, uncovers hidden gems, and forge a deeper connection with the place you call home.
One of the most beautiful aspects of embarking on an urban walkabout is the element of discovery. As you set out with a curious spirit, you’ll stumble upon nooks and crannies you never knew existed. It might be a quaint café on a side street, a vibrant street art mural adorning a once-overlooked wall, or a charming little bookstore filled with treasures waiting to be explored.
Each surprise encounter adds a touch of magic to your urban adventure, leaving you with a renewed sense of wonder and appreciation for your city.
An urban walkabout is not just about walking; it’s about immersing yourself in your city’s sights, sounds, and flavors. Take the time to indulge your senses – savor the aroma of freshly brewed coffee wafting from a local café, listen to the melodic tunes played by street musicians, and taste the diverse culinary offerings from food trucks or hole-in-the-wall eateries. Engaging with the sensory experiences around you will deepen your connection with your city and create lasting memories.
Beyond the sensory delights, an urban walkabout provides ample cultural immersion and learning opportunities. Museums, art galleries, and historical landmarks dot the urban landscape, offering glimpses into your city’s rich heritage and stories.
Take the time to visit these cultural treasures, delve into the exhibits, and learn about the people, events, and traditions that have shaped your city’s identity. Understanding your surroundings’ history and cultural tapestry adds depth to your urban walkabout and helps you develop a stronger sense of belonging.
Walking through your city also enables you to witness its vibrant tapestry of diversity. Urban areas are often melting pots of different cultures, ethnicities, and backgrounds.
Embrace the diversity as you stroll through vibrant neighborhoods, where you can sample international cuisines, admire colorful traditional attire, or converse with locals with unique perspectives and stories. Experiencing this tapestry of humanity fosters empathy, broadens your horizons, and enriches your worldview.
Going on an urban walkabout also allows you to reconnect with nature unexpectedly. Urban green spaces, parks, and botanical gardens provide serene oases amidst the concrete jungle. Take a break from the bustling streets and immerse yourself in the tranquility of these natural pockets.
Breathe in the fresh air, listen to birds chirping, and relish the beauty of blooming flowers. Deep breathing is an excellent way to improve your health. These moments of serenity amidst the urban chaos can be immensely rejuvenating and serve as gentle reminders of the inherent harmony between humans and nature.
In conclusion, going on an urban walkabout in your city invites you to embrace curiosity, rediscover hidden gems, and forge a deeper connection with the place you call home. It’s about venturing beyond the routine, immersing yourself in sensory delights, engaging with diverse cultures, and reconnecting with nature.
Adopting a traveler’s mindset within your city opens you up to a world of joy, wonder, and meaningful experiences. So, put on your most comfortable shoes, grab a city map, and embark on a journey of discovery through the streets and neighborhoods with countless stories just waiting to be explored.