I think of all the places that I’ve been and it blows my mind. If I ever sat down and told someone of all the adventures I experienced in my life, they probably wouldn’t believe me… yet it’s all true.
In Budapest when I fought valiantly on the steps of Castello di Buda with my band mates as the sun rose over the horizon illuminating golden domes and the Danube River. With imaginary swords, we lunged and ducked and dodged and laughed. The same steps that Hannibal and Alexander the Great assaulted in the history books.
When we drove an hour off the highway in the middle of Canada to fish in the land of ten thousand lakes, no cell phone service, but the most beautiful views a man will ever set his eyes upon.
When I was young and homeless - no food to eat and nowhere to sleep - standing in a line down by the marina waiting for the food donations to arrive. I’d talk with the other kids doing the same thing; I still often wonder what happened to them. Did they end up on a journey like mine? I sure hope so.
When at 4am, my college friends and I got the bright idea to go down to Mexico and bring “certain things” back across the border, only to do something even more reckless as a result. ( I am still surprised we lived to tell the story.) Now, years later, one of these friends travels the world helping impoverished and underprivileged people. It’s a thing of such beauty, to find out that we both found our way. Mere words cannot express how proud I am.
I woke up this morning and came downstairs and made a cup of coffee. For some reason I thought of all these amazing experiences - where I’ve been and where I’m going - and took this picture from my window. I love this view, if only because it is my view. I stare at it daily, and take pictures of it just as much. I never post the pictures, somehow it seems more important to just capture the moment, if only for myself.
We all have a journey, and I don’t know what yours is. But I do know this, if I could give you your dreams, without you walking the path it takes to get them, I wouldn’t do it. I would never want to rob you of your journey.
The journey doesn’t start when you get there, it starts the moment you leave, Godspeed.