“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”
Omar Khayyam, Poet
In August, I packed my bags and headed back to Vancouver, Canada. It was three weeks of catching up with my family in Horseshoe Bay, going to the Supernatural convention at the Sheraton Wall Centre, discovering more beautiful sights in and around the city, and hanging out with lots of friends.
It was also a break from practically everything – my work, my editing, my writing, my blog – because I needed to take time out from a difficult and emotional year. The only thing I continued to pursue was my photography, which goes hand-in-hand with travel and is, I guess, my first love. I really can’t stop taking photographs; it’s how I see the world, even when I don’t have my camera.
The great thing about travel – at least for me anyway – is that it never fails to rejuvenate me; to get me loving life again. This happens even when I find the journey challenging – such as my trip to South America three years ago when I experienced culture shock, home-sickness, and suffered from the altitude while hiking the Inca Trail.
I feel so much more alive when I travel.
I live more in the moment when I travel.
Three weeks travelling feels like three months.
It’s so hard to explain this to people, but that’s what it’s like for me.
I am happy to be home. I’m looking forward to hanging out with my beautiful family and friends. I’m sure I will also have some weekends away to discover new places, closer to home. I will try to live in the moment here, too.
But I am already planning that next trip overseas… I just can’t help myself 😉
I do plan to write about my recent travels in more detail, when I’m ready, but for now here are a few of my favourite photographs from this year’s trip to Vancouver.
“Sometimes, when we are far from clocks and schedules, we can still recapture a lost sense of place-based time. On a relaxing camping trip or a long day outdoors, perhaps, we can slip back into the rhythm of the sun.” Richard J Borden, Author
“A little nonsense, now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.”