I just did something that makes me smile. I work hard; I play hard. That’s just the way it is. I will not wait until I’m 75 to travel. Perhaps that’s because I’m simply impatient when it comes to travel. Perhaps it’s because I spent my 20s with a person who didn’t like to travel and I didn’t have any money to do so, anyway. Whatever it is, I will enjoy my time while I have it and not worry about waiting until I’m 75 to have adventures of a lifetime.
I had a friend once who was extremely sensitive to the fact that people should always wear sunglasses. She was always reminding me to wear my shades so that I would not get cataracts when I was old. We both had blue eyes, and she was really worried about getting cataracts. So, we wore our sunglasses religiously.
She was killed in a car wreck when she was 31. Anytime I think about her, I always think about the sunglasses. She needn’t worry about cataracts, but neither of us knew that then, of course. I am so very sad that she will never face old age, as I have. It was almost 15 years ago, and I still think about her nearly every day. I still wear those sunglasses, too.
I also think about her, and other friends I’ve had, when I think about traveling or having adventures – even if it’s an adventure to the shoe store, or watching that movie I’ve always wanted to watch. None of us know how much time we have left. We have to take the chances for adventure when we can.
Today, I booked our next vacation. This time we’re headed to Key West, a place neither of us has been before. We are very excited about it, and I can hardly wait.
I will have my adventures, always keeping my friends and those others who have gone too early in my mind. In my traveling spirit lives their memories, and with me they have the adventures they never got to have.