Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.
— Oprah Winfrey
The time of transition is upon us. Magazines and internet are full of the Best of 2014 and Landmark Moments of the year now ending. The next phase will be predictions for the year to come. I can be a true New Year’s Grinch, shaking my head about all the fuss of the invented holiday which has become New Year’s Eve. (It’s just another night turning to day. What’s the big deal?) But I have to admit that putting away the old calendar and replacing it with a new one can be a useful rite — if only because we pause to take stock of the passage of time.
Ready or not, we are going forward into 2015. Have you done your personal math? Is this the year that you observe a significant digit birthday? Do you have a significant anniversary of wedding or residence or status coming up this year? Is this the time to pull out the stops for a significant trip to go with the significant digit?
Will this be the year you finally get to that place you have longed to see? What is that place for you? Tahiti? China? Israel? Italy? Patagonia? Iceland? The home of your ancestors? The back of beyond? The City?
Will you arrange a family get together for cousins who are lucky to remember each other’s names? Will you begin taking grandchildren on their private trips with the favorite grandparent (yourself), or give other young relatives their first trips with the cool auntie or uncle who does things differently?
Will this be the year you leave everyone else behind and head out for some time on your own, taking you own private journey with just Me, Myself, and I for company?
I will gladly help you plan any of these or dozens of other trips in the coming year. Get out your atlases or travel books and start planning. Call me for even more ideas and advice to make the way smooth. Time is passing, people! You have one year less time now to get everything done than you had on this date in 2013. Let’s get busy!
Boundaries divide. Travel unites.
29 December 2014