You know the old saying “Time flies when you're having fun”?? Is that entirely true? Well,
yeah it certainly seems to but it also is fleet-footed when you're not. Sometimes when you're bored time seems to drag but that too is just your perspective. Actually, time does not change only your perspective of it. I mean, a minute is still a minute and
an hour is still an hour.
When you're having fun or you're so busy then time does seem to fly because you want more out of it but when you're
bored then you want it to POQ (Piss Off Quick)! I reckon time flies as you get older as well because I sometimes struggle to figure out where my 20's went or even my 30's!? Recently, I was reminded of the 'Big Trip' and realised that was 10 years ago now! 10 years since my dad and I travelled through parts of the US, UK and western Europe.
It was a great trip and we met some fantastic people, a few of which we remain in contact with to this day. Time seemed to fly on that trip though there were some lengthy bus rides that we thought would go on forever. I had planned to go on from there
and travel more but circumstances bought me back to home soil. You shouldn't regret what you have done, only those things you didn't do and this is now one of them. With the value of hindsight I should have continued but there's been a lot of water under that
bridge since. I don't feel like a different person really but i'm certainly in a different space.
Recently, I have been digitising my life
ie getting rid of the old paperwork, scanning important documents for safe keeping and in the process decided to sit down and map out my work, tax, residential and travel history. It's been a project I have long wanted to do but always put off. I have done
quite a bit, as you can probably see if you've read my previous posts, but its been difficult to put it all together on paper and remember dates and times. Some of my early photos have a date stamp on them which helps with my early travels but more recent
ones are more numerous and haven't got the same information imprinted.
I have had to draw on multiple sources to compile this timeline of
mine. Documents and photos being the most important ones in this process. For example, I have looked back through my tax returns for the last 20 years or so and the many revisions of my CV (Curriculum Vitae) or Resume. As I mentioned, I have also looked through
my now many thousands of photos, from many different places and at many different events.
There have been times in the past when I've done
some 'spring cleaning' and probably got rid of some paperwork at that point. For the purposes of this current project though I seem to have retained most of the important stuff. The question is: Is time flying while I have been going through this process,
this looking back through my personal history?? As a follow on, will I later regret spending time on this venture when I could be doing something else?? These are all possibilities but I'm hopeful it will clarify some details that I have been a little confused
From all this, what have I learned?? Well, that's a hard one to answer but the short response is a lot about my path in life and where
I have been. The next question surely is: Where am I going? Well, that's even harder, I don't believe I can answer that, I just have to wait and see. If you think about the ultimate destination in life then that is death so for us mere mortals it is truly
about the journey. My journey so far has been about the people I meet and things I have seen. Apparently, it's also been about working to fund further travel and further education to hopefully get better employment.
Strangely, I don't know what my next blog post will be about yet.... you'll just have to stay tuned.