I’m a very lucky guy. I’m thinking about this Cuba trip that I’m about to embark on and I can’t help but think about the last big trip I had to Andros last year. There are some parallels.
- It was almost at the exact same time of year.
- It was a dream destination that I had no idea how I would ever get to.
- I was getting over a cold (then, I actually had one on the plane on the way there).
- It was an opportunity that came to me through the blog and people that I genuinely like.
There were a couple of differences.
At the time of that trip I had a sense that my marriage was on really, really thin ice. It was when I got back from that trip that things fell apart. Literally the day after I landed. That was pretty horrible, but it wasn’t totally out of the blue. I’m pretty sure I told one or two people in Andros that I suspected my marriage was about to end. In fact, the story I wrote for Pulp Fly is a fictional story about a guy going through a divorce who went to Grand Bahama to try and get his mind of things. I wrote that a good 5 months before le merde hit le fan. Something in me had a feeling about things.
I was right.
As the Cuba trip comes into clear focus that old relationship is in the dustbin of history, save for a 5 year old connection we still have in the form of a wonderful little girl who loves cobras and wants to fly fish in the Bahamas with her old man.
I have a new relationship and one that is going to be around for a long time. She’s happy I’m going to Cuba. She’s happy FOR me. That’s a pretty important attribute.
So, the tale of 365 days and two trips and two different me’s. I find that the trips I take like this sever as markers to remind me of where my life was at at any given time. This trip, most likely, will mark the beginning of a new life. I’ll say “Oh, that was the year I went to Cuba when all that wonderfulness happened with Renee (that’s her name).”
This year, with this trip, the future looks pretty bright. I’m full of optimism and hope.
Do your trips mark times in your life like this, or is that just me?
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