All right, I’ve been thinking. When life gives you radiation, don’t make a Hulk. Make life take the radiation back! Get mad! I don’t want your damn radiation, what am I supposed to do with this? Demand to see life’s manager! Make life rue the day it thought it could give Zombie radiation! Do you know who I am? I’m the man who’s gonna burn your house down! With the radiation! I’m gonna get my engineers to invent a gun that turns radiation into fire and then I’m going to burn your house down with it!!!”
– Zombie (Paraphrasing Cave Johnson)
Given some rather poor life choices prior to meeting Twizzles, I’ve come to realise that this trip almost precisely marks 10 years since my last massive adventure. In August 2003 I traveled to New York.. What an amazing week! I did it all.. Empire State, Statue of Liberty, Central Park… Just fantastic! But it really does throw some of my choices made into sharp relief. I should have traveled so much more; oh don’t get me wrong… I did a bit… Northern Spain, Belgium, Finland… But if I’d done something once a year I’d have tripled my list. If I reflect, it’s not something I can honestly regret because every choice has brought me here, to this moment. I’m lying on my bed blogging from my smartphone with Twizzles fast asleep next to me. I know I have made the right choice this time, I really cannot think of anyone I’d rather be with. We’re going back to Poland and I’m fulfilling a dream of visiting Pripyat. In conclusion to a somewhat philosophical blog for 0815 on saturday morning. You should only regret things if you are unhappy with who you are… And there is always a way to change your life, always. The choices can be so hard, they can drag you through some of the darkest days of your life. But, you come through it and you find yourself coming across a date that makes you reflect on a whole decade of your life (one third of mine) and you realise that where you are and who you are is so much better. If you are reading this and thinking “I’m unhappy with my life” it’s usually only one or two elements of your life… Think hard because you really can change them… I promise
Much Love to you all
Wow wow wow…. Its nearly time to go. Twizzles has been making lists of the lists of the things we will need whilst I have… well, getting excited lol.
I have recently spoken to our organiser for the Chernobyl trip and I have discovered that it may just be possible to see inside one or two of the buildings. This is sooo exciting. I purchased COD4 because if the Pripyat environment and now I might actually get to see inside one of the buildings!! This an image of the public pool in Pripyat; exercise was hugely encouraged by the communists and sport and leisure facilities were often available. I do not own this image and I’m pretty sure the right hand image is simply a rendering of what it might have looked like in its day. I could be wrong of course. But on the left is what you can see today; I wonder if the pool was drained or if it simply evaporated over time. Anyone know?
I’m going to sign off now but this is Zombie getting back into the blogging and gearing up for my big adventure with Twizzles.