Do you remember your first love? How about your second? Remember how you would lie in bed thinking about what exciting adventure tomorrow would bring? How you couldn’t wait to see that person again. It didn’t even matter how you spent your time with each other. It was the chemistry and the magical feeling you had, just being with that special someone.
Love doesn’t apply only to people. Most people love their pets. Some people love to sing. Others love to dance. Readers love to read and lose themselves in the story. Teachers who love to teach enjoy their ability to reinvigorate themselves in the knowledge that they have helped make another human being become a smarter person.
It’s all about that passion. Whatever it is you love in life, be passionate about it. Go for it. Reach your arms out and totally embrace what you love. Hurry up and do it now, for the older you get, the sooner you start to realize how short life really is and how much time you have already wasted by not really living your life to its fullest. Squeeze out every bit of enjoyment life has to offer.
For me, planning a trip is half the fun. Reading the books and finding the websites that teach me about new and interesting places are some of my favorite stress relievers. Choosing the airlines we will fly and why one flight is better than another are some of the details that come with experience and become just as important to a passionate traveler as the type of apple you choose for a pie. They will all be good, but some will taste better than others.
Last year, when I told my friends that the big, annual trip my partner and I take each year was going to be to Vietnam, some of them looked at me like I had a third eye. “Why Vietnam?” many people asked. My reply was “it’s gorgeous, and we have never been there!”
What many of those friends had forgotten or didn’t realize about me is that I love to travel. I’m passionate about it. I lay in bed thinking about where our next trip will be and what we will do once we get there. How will we get there? What kind of things will we see and what photos will I take? What will the people be like and how will the food taste?
Many enjoy a good vacation, but they don’t like to travel. They rush, rush, rush to hurry up and get to their destination. Then they rush, rush, rush to hurry up and enjoy the beach or the big city. Before they know it, their vacation is over and they are back home wishing they would have had more time to enjoy. Partially because I enjoy the planning as much as the trip itself and partially because of my secret weapon, that doesn’t happen to me very often.
My passion for travel is accompanied by my love for photography. There is a certain magic I can make by taking a photograph and freezing that moment in time. After the trip is over and I’m back at my daily routine, I will forever be able to immediately revisit that spot, that thought, that smell or taste, simply by looking back at my photos. It’s my secret way of making each trip last forever. I’m passionate about what I love.