A couple weeks ago, Anthony and I went on a trip we had been planning and talking about for years; we went to the Conrad in the Maldives for a week.
A friend asked a couple days ago on his Facebook page “how would your life change if you went on that trip you had always dreamed of?”
Well, we went on that trip. And it was spectacularly awesome, the most beautiful, unique place I have ever been and it will ruin lesser beaches (which is most other beaches in the world) for some time. Wonder is the only way I know to describe it. Looking around several times, I thought how crazy it was that this place is on earth – it seems like it should only exist – water that blue, and so full of life – in fantasy stories.
But it is incredible, and very real. The diving was incredible – the most docile sharks anywhere in the world, huge sting rays and manta rays, glowing tropical fish, the most amazing sunsets on the island anyone could imagine. Soft, white coral sand and beaches. Water that is the perfect temperature – neither too hot nor too cold and that is so full of the living reef that your skin just feels incredible.
Pictures do not do the islands justice, there is no way to accurately describe their beauty.
And now what? How do you top that?
You know what – I think you don’t.
To immediately go searching for the next most amazing holiday/diving adventure would just set us up for disappointment. Maybe we shouldn’t be looking to compare it or top it.
We had the opportunity, and took it, four month old baby in tow. (We knew when we were planning the trip that he would be tiny, but wanted to make sure we took the timeslot before we left Asia and it became harder to get to) I am incredibly happy we went.
And now what?
Now we focus on the region we will be going to, back in the Americas. Since travel in the US is so cost prohibitive we will likely be focusing on an area neither of us have spent much time in – Central and South America.
Asia has been good to us, it’s where we met, fell in love, have spent most of our marriage and where our son was born. It will always hold a special place in our hearts. This is home.
But that doesn’t mean we only have one home.
As we zigzagged back across Asia to and from the Maldives, visiting 8 of our favorite cities on the way, I realized – just because you love one place so much doesn’t mean you are limited to just that one.
It’s not a marriage or anything, it’s more like saying you would only have one child because you only have enough love for one. If you only want one, that’s fine, but there is no reason in particular that you can’t love one or five. (Note; this is an example – we do not want five children!). Each are different and you love them differently, for who they are.
And that’s just it – once you have gone on the dream, dream again – differently. So we are leaving the spice islands and the Silk Road for the rainforest, the Amazon and the Andes.
And we are really excited.