I Wouldn’t Change One-Single-Thing.
As I write this, The Pillion In A Million is out gallivanting somewhere on a far away continent; she will be gone for two months experiencing new things, making new friends and generally having a good time.
I can’t recall a time when she wasn’t thinking about travelling, researching prospective destinations or bemoaning the fact that she had to wait until she finished university to finally travel.
It’s been one of her life long ambitions.
Notice I said ambition, not dream?
AMBITION: noun – a strong desire to do or achieve something.
DREAM: verb – indulge in daydreams or fantasies about something greatly desired.
The difference is subtle, but it’s there.
This is the difference between my daughter and me.
I grew up in a different time: For me international travel was a dream, one that was very difficult to achieve due to social and economic anchors. Instead, the goal was to find someone to share your life with, settle down, buy a house and start a family. Preferable in that order.
Travel was never high on our list of priorities, it could come later.
I regret none of what I have done, or the decisions I have made and I’m proud of what The Pillion and I have achieved in our life together.
I wouldn’t change one-single-thing.
The other day it dawned on me that as our kids are getting older, we’re getting more freedom to travel. Last year saw us get away quite a bit, a day here, a weekend there; finally ending in 10 days away in November.
2015 will see us build on our résumé of getaways, nothing too distant and nothing more than a few nights at a time, but come mid February 2016, we will be two-up for 7 weeks to the southern climes of Australia.
The first two weeks will be with a group of friends and are pretty much fully planned. The remaining 5 weeks are anyone’s guess: Bar a few stops to see relatives and friends, we’re going to play it by ear. If we like a place we’ll stop for a bit and explore.
So whats the difference between us and The Pillion In A Million?
Well, nothing really.
Except that our daughter is doing her travelling at the start of her life, while we are doing ours a little later. Sure, we might not be able to go bungee jumping, or do some of the more extreme tours on offer like jet boating, but we can still travel, explore and enjoy the world around us.
Just because we’ve become a little more cuddly and have some grey hair, doesn’t mean life stops.
…and on that revelation, I’ll leave you with some happy snaps from our daughters travels… used with permission of course.