Travelling appears to be in our DNA. Given the migration patterns throughout the centuries, travelling appears to be a survival impulse, a necessity for continued existence.
Today, we travel to explore, have fun and flee the chains of labour. We plan our vacations with careful precision; when we return to reality, we are already planning our next excursion. This week, I will be posting thoughts about travel – where we go and where we come from…which, in many cases, may be the same place.
“We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.”
“It may be that you are not yourself luminous, but that you are a conductor of light. Some people without possessing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating it.”
― Arthur Conan Doyle
We never tire of Sherlock Holmes. I paid a visit to 221 B Street when I was in London and found the great detective in residence, looking out the window, waiting for Dr. Watson to appear. He turned and said, “The game is afoot.”
And so began our adventure….
There is something about a hat!!! It’s an attitude waiting to happen. It’s an adventure ready to unfold. Somewhere…there is a hat waiting for you.
“Grab your coat and get your hat
Leave your worries on the doorstep
Just direct your feet
To the sunny side of the street
(Dorothy Fields – lyrics/Jimmy McHugh – music)
There is power in exploration, even though many do not understand its meaning. Most believe that it is based on external forces that entertain. What if exploration was driven by internal motivations? Would we live our lives differently? Do we want to be entertained? Or would we rather be the architects of discovery?
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
T. S. Eliot
“Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.”
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour.
Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Good news! I just picked up my book by Stacy Schiff: Cleopatra, A Life. I will be giving my thoughts via “On the Road.” Egypt is full of mystery, suspense and history, which is the best ingredients for storytelling. I am looking forward to the read.