It’s a warm afternoon here in Melbourne, a bright sunny day which has me squinting at the screen like there is something serious on it. But there’s nothing here, nothing yet anyway, my words are trickling from my mind through the tips of my fingers to the screen upon which my squinting eyes are fixed. It’s been a while since I’ve written anything meaningful here, but I’m back!
This blog has been somewhat ignored recently, and one might be forgiven for thinking that I had given up on trying to write about anything ‘before I forget.’ However, quite the opposite is true.
Throughout 2012, quite unexpectedly, I found myself on what can only be described as one of the biggest and most amazing adventures of my life. It was a journey around the world that spanned 12 months, 19 countries, thousands of miles, and 366 photographs. Each picture was posted along with an accompanying story on a special blog I created for the adventure. If you missed it then simply head over to 366pictures.com to check it out.
My year ended more-or-less where it began, in New Zealand. After that, I returned to Melbourne, Australia. Since I put down my camera, I’ve been enjoying a rest from my life of travel.
In many respects Melbourne is home for me and it’s nice just to be able to relax in these familiar surroundings, to have friends around, and people who know me in local cafes and shops. To be honest, as much as I love to travel, I needed a break for a little while.
In March I’ll take to the road again, leaving Australia and heading to Malaysia to see the Formula One Grand Prix. After that I’ll head to Singapore to spend a little time with my friends there and then, who knows.
That expression, “who knows,” does rather sum up the coming year for me, much as it did last year. The prospect of a year of “who knows” might terrify some because it comes bundled with the unknown, and all those variables we can’t control. But in my experience, life gets pretty interesting when you throw in a little “who knows” here and there, and many of those variables and unknowns we’re afraid of, are actually the things that add the color to our days and give us the landmarks that make up the landscape of our lives.
So, once again I am embracing the “who knows” and looking forward to seeing where this year goes. So now, let’s get this blog re-started!