This year I have done a lot of exploring and pondering the life of a travel writer. In that spirit, here are my thanks:
1. My mobility
I spent two days of this week on crutches because of a hamstring strain. On the day of the injury, all of my plans were kyboshed. I was grounded. What seemed so simple earlier in the day, like taking out the compost, was impossible. In an ordinary day, I don’t think about my mobility. I realized how much I take this for granted. My independence was swept away faster than I could even imagine. Which brings me to point #2.
2. The wonderful friends and family I have
Heather dropped her basement-cleaning chore as soon as I called. Later she expressed her own gratitude for the distraction. I am so lucky to have great friends and family who would come from far away if I needed them. For my two days of being house-bound, friends brought me food, drugs and a lot of well wishes. And the more I travel, I am blown away by the amazing people I meet.
As I consider a winter vacation, the biggest dilemma I have right now is the possibilities. Airlines, hotels, resorts, countries. What a wealth of abundance!
4. Being born at a time when round the world travel is a possibility
Not that long ago, RTW travel was available only to explorers who risked their lives to find out what was beyond the expanse of water. From a bigger perspective, there is so much we are learning about the cosmos and our journey with other celestial bodies. The more we learn about outer (and inner) space, the more we find out how precious we are.
Through the MatadorU on-line travel writing course, my horizons have expanded more than if I pursued the career on my own. The experience has helped me think about what it is that I want, introduced me to ideas that I knew nothing about, and connected me with a world-wide community of people who are passionate about seeing the world.
I am grateful.
This prompt is from Day 24 of BootsnAll's 30 Day Indie Travel Project:
Seeing what others have –
and don’t have – around the world often helps us appreciate our own good
fortune. What are you thankful for this year ?