Last week, I was honored to travel out west to Colorado for my friend's wedding reception and for a much-needed vacation. My daughter and grandson came with me and we were fortunate to pass through the weather and have some decent sunny days to drive in.
The funny thing about going away on vacations is that nothing seems like it is in real time. You aren't getting up to go to work every morning and your schedule consists of visiting with friends that you don't get to see that often. Maybe it was because of my weird schedule or maybe it was because I wasn't getting that much sleep on the couch that I was using as a bed, but I began to think about time travel and how it affects our journey towards the future.
When you go to see old friends and even family, I believe that you go back in time. Conversations center on, "Hey, remember when so and so did that?" The group, whether they mean to or not, gets caught up in the nostalgia of the past instead of the spirit of the moment. I'm not saying that this is a bad thing, only that it should not be the main focus of the entire visit.
Anybody who knows me, knows that I am a planner and that I look into the future and plan for the next day, the next week and even the next year. I guess that I come by it honestly, as my Great Aunt Ruth was somewhat of a planner as well. She would make lists for her trips to make sure that she brought everything along that she would need. This is just what I do to make sure the trip is as trouble free as I can make it. Again, I don't feel that this is a bad thing, I'm just thinking ahead.
During my trip out to the place that I called home for several years, I endeavored to enjoy the moment and to see as many friends as I could get a hold of. This made it a time of remembering, refreshment, and rejuvenation all at the same time.
My advice, should you decide to take it, is this: Time travel may be fun, but living in the moment and enjoying each and every day, whether you are on vacation or not, is the key to a happy and wonderful life. Leave the time travel for the guy driving the DeLorean in that movie. Enjoy the moments of your life. They are truly a gift.