The year that was in travel is the year that is. And, it’s the year ahead in 2020.
Every 31 December we ask ourselves – “Where did the year go? It feels like January was just yesterday”. Why does time feel like it slips by so fast?
Is it because technology steals so much time from us? Our work days find us in front of computer screens and in our spare time we are always tip-tapping on our mobile phones or tablets? Our meals are delivered to us quickly in restaurants. And, we better hurry because “this deal” won’t last. It seems as if we are continuously in a race against time.
Is time the friend of anyone amongst us? Time is certainly no friend of mine. There is never enough time in my days, weeks or months to check off my to-do list. I’m fairly certain my to-do list grows faster than the things I get done. Is there anyway to slow time? Is there any way to make 2020 move slower so we can savour the days?
2019 was a remarkable year in more ways than one. I use the term remarkable as it can refer to both good and bad. Everyone’s year is filled with both good and bad so I can’t very well say my circumstances are special. They are unique to me, however.
People come and go from our lives. Life becomes fresh as new and interesting people come into our lives. There is a lesson to learn from every person who crosses our paths. It is up to us to decide what to do not only with the lessons but the people we meet.
Richard Bach said it best in his book, “Illusions” – one of my favourites. Bach said, “Every person, every event in our lives is there because we have drawn them there. What we choose to do with them is up to us.”
I read the book and the quote more than twenty years ago. The words made such an impact on me, I remember and use them today. The quote refers to the good people in our lives, tho’ unfortunately, the bad people as well. I won’t go into details but I can say I’ve been betrayed, told I was loved when I wasn’t, used, taken advantage of and lied to as well. At one point it got so bad I had to question what is happening in our world. Where did all the good people go?
I still wonder and sadly I’ve had to become weary and cautious. I’m a genuine sort of guy who prefers to see the good in people. I’m kind and I’ll do almost anything to help you, if I can. I won’t change they way I live and see life. I’ll simply be smarter in 2020 and beyond.
When you travel like I do, my travel experiences are also my life experiences. I talk a lot about opening your mind and heart while travelling. Throughout the blog I talk about the good people I’ve met. I stay away from talking about the not so good people I meet along the way. Today I’ve chosen to only refer to the bad seeds.
Instead of harbouring feelings of anger and hurt, I turn to myself. I’m always comfortable with who and what I am. I’m also aware I can always be better. What can I do to improve? I take stock of myself and take steps to become a better person. I want to be better not only for myself but for the people in my life as well.
All that said, how can I put a year of travel into one video? Over 4,000 travel photos – all with an iPhone – in one fast paced video. Four minutes and thirty seconds. That’s a lot of time in our fast-paced world. Thanks for taking the journey with me. I hope you enjoy.
Best of Luck to Everyone in 2020.