The way life goes.
One day, you wake up. You’re 33, have a good job, live in a nice apartment in a nice city, have a bunch of great friends, a busy social life. And still, somehow, you’re dissatisfied. Something needs to change. But what? After considering many options and still not being sure about the solution, I decided to take a break. 7 months during which I would do the things I love: travel, take pictures and write. Will it help me to find the answer I’m looking for? I doubt it. But it means change. And change is good.
So here I am, in South America, discovering one day at the time, as I open my eyes and awake. The people. The way of life. I never know what the day is going to bring me. And I don’t want to. I am taking each moment as it comes. And some of them, I try to capture with my camera. Put feeling into images. And words. The same goes with this blog as with my traveling. I don’t know how it will look like in the end, what kind of pictures and stories will be registered here. I don’t want to plan it. But I would like to keep a trace of my discoveries. Be them new places I visit, new people I meet or new internal experiences, thoughts. And share them.
The “Carpe Diem” is overused but the essence is there. It has been put into words beautifully by the Spanish poet Antonio Machado:
“Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more; wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking. By walking one makes the road, and upon glancing behind one sees the path that never will be trod again. Wanderer, there is no road– Only wakes upon the sea.”
“Caminante, son tus huellas el camino, y nada más; caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar. Al andar se hace camino, y al volver la vista atrás se ve la senda que nunca se ha de volver a pisar. “Caminante, no hay camino, sino estelas en la mar.”