“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”– Mary Anne Radmacher
I am always looking for somewhere new to go but revisiting places from past travels can be just as good, if not better. If we live long enough, we go through changes that give us new perspective. Those places we haven’t been to in a while can feel like seeing an old friend that you’ve always admired. Take note and appreciate that old friend in new light. I drove through the Florida Keys the same as I have done before yet different.
For the first time, I was by myself with my littles on a road trip through the Keys. I had to do everything for us without the help of any other adult including my older children. Funny how much something like that can be taken for granted, I had forgotten how hard it can be. I felt more independent and yet also more vulnerable. We took our time, we kept our distance, and we just enjoyed sitting on the beach until the sun went down. This pandemic was always a part of our scenery and experience and yet it wasn’t the focus for a moment.
Travel has always been about the experience of something new for me. I’ve been passionate about seeing the world since I was a kid. Whether you want adventure or relaxation, travel ultimately is about experiencing something different than our everyday existence.
We might not be able to travel far right now, but we can still explore outside of our daily lives in order to keep us grounded in seeing what matters and keeping our thoughts in check with the realities that we can control. Sometimes, we don’t even need to leave home to do that, just do something different in a way that you’ve never done it before. Change the things you can, leave the rest alone.
We are not who we once were, we are different now.
Bring home some of my favorite photos from wandering from Fine Art America.