Sunday, April 28, 2013

One Year Lived Book Review

Adam Shepard contacted me out of the blue to read his book, One Year Lived, and at first I wasn't sure what I had gotten myself into but the more I read, the more envious I became. But, then, I remembered all the trips that I used to take and they are treasured memories I will never forget them. I have to admit, they were the best times of my life.
Here is an excerpt from the back of the book:
"I'm not angry. I don't hate my job. I'm not annoyed with capitalism, and I'm indifferent to materialism. I'm not escaping emptiness, nor am I searching for meaning. I have great friends, a wonderful family, and fun roommates.  
The dude two doors down invited me over for steak or pork chops--my choice--on Sunday, and I couldn't even tell you the first letter of his name. Sure, the producers of The Amazing Race have rejected all five of my applications to hotfoot around the world--all five!--and my girlfriend and I just parted ways, but I've whined all I can about the race, and the girl wasn't The Girl anyway.  
All in all, my life is pretty fantastic. But I feel boxed in. Look at a map, and there we are, a pin stuck in the wall. There's the United States, about twenty-four square inches worth, and there's the rest of the world, seventeen hundred square inches begging to be explored.  
Career, wife, babies--of course I want these things; they're on the horizon. Meanwhile, I'm a few memories short. Maybe I need a year to live a little.
Adam had saved up his money for 2 years to make this trip and I admire that in someone who had that discipline and he was lucky he could take off like that. He got to do alot of things that even sounded terrifying to me but he experienced them and enjoyed his life to the fullest and he not only had fun along the way, but he even volunteered in a few places to help others who needed it.

He learned to live within his means and got to travel to seventeen countries on four continents and ate and saw things I can only imagine.  He says along the way he even found time to read 71 books and one was in Spanish. Now, there is a language I wish I knew so I could tell what they are saying. I wish we all understood each other and that way no barriers would be there and we could all just get along.

You will love the descriptions of the places that Adam visits and the things he eats, what he does in each country, whether it is to work on a cattle ranch or to help dig water wells in countries that need water desperately, he seemed to enjoy the acts just as much as he did the times he had fun. He was 29 when he did this world wide trip and that is a good age, I think, because you're not too young or too old. It is a good age to get the most out of your adventures and it seems like Adam certainly did that!

As I said earlier in my post, I had some really good trips myself and sure am glad I did it when I did.  I thought life was wonderful until 2001 and then the U.S. was in chaos and before my husband could get our money out of stocks and into a cash account, we lost over $85,000 and don't you think that hurt?

But the worse was to come because by 2004 I was so sick and in pain, I lost my job and it took us 3 years of fighting to get my Disability. With only one check coming in and our retirement money wiped out, we almost lost our home. Finally, I got approved in 2008 but the damage was too much. Living on credit cards for groceries and gas for him to get to work is something we will pay for for the rest of our lives.

So, when people ask me, I say, don't wait until you retire to travel. You never know what is going to happen. You could die before then or something else will stop you. I tell the younger adults to save, yes, but also LIVE now and don't count on a MAYBE when you retire.

I agree with Adam, it wouldn't hurt everyone to take some time off, even if it's little 3 or 4 day vacations not far from home either to the beach or mountains or go to a National Park. I can proudly say I have been to them all (in the U.S.) and even one in Canada. That was what we liked to do. I loved history and wanted to see and learn how we, the U.S., came to be.

I would say let those dreams of yours become reality before it's too late and you end up in a recliner one day wishing you had taken that one special trip you wanted so badly to go on and then you let something get in the way.

I say, FLY baby FLY because there are no guarantee's in this life except taxes and more taxes until you go to meet the one person to whom you have waited your whole life to see. Now, that will be one great final trip!

Adam has been kind enough to send me the info to download his book HERE and Email address:  and the Password is: 123456.  All he asks is that you spread the word about his book.

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Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.


Adam Shepard said...

Very cool, Mary! Great post about my book. Thank you.

Yes, it is very easy to look back in hindsight and wish you had done more. How fortunate that you get to look back in hindsight and say, "I did what I wanted to do!"

And now, we get to live even more adventures moving forward. :)

ann said...

Great review and insight Mary (and Adam)
I agree whole hearted with what you said. I think that was a wonderful thing that Adam did. We all need to do that. I know I being older now wish I had done more when I was younger. Now with health and money issues I doubt I will ever be able to. Will be reading your book. thanks

Gala said...

Thank you for the great review and Mary you so right -- we shouldn't postpone an opportunities to travel, to explore because it CAN be late