I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.-Roald Dahl

It's like this.

I'm old.

Well, not OLD old. I want to say I fall in the old-enough-to-know-better-young-enough-not-to-care category, but I think I'm a bit older than that. All the content creators I'm seeing on social media, and especially the world travelers I'd like to emulate, are all in their 20s, 30s, and early 40s it seems.

Me, I'm creeping up on 50, and I'm realizing I've spent way too much time behind a desk staring at a computer (like I'm doing now!), and not enough time exploring.

So, welcome to my own personal mid-life crisis.

My name is Shad (yes, just like the fish), and as stated to in my very first video, this site is simply me trying to fuse a couple of my part-time hobbies — photography and writing — with one I'd like to explore and get more in-touch with; namely traveling. There's just so much to see out there; not only in the world, but hell, in my own back yard. And because this is part-time, and very much a hobby right now, that's where I'll start; my own back yard.

So come along! I hope to show you some of the cool, some of the kitschy, some of the weird, and all of the awesomeness. And hopefully, make my life a little less lukewarm.