Thursday, March 15, 2012

Re: Destination

Travelling is a great way of expanding your horizons, mentally as well as geographically. Destinations outside of your normal life and routine can be exciting and provocative times of seeing things from a different perspective.

But still, there’s something special about that moment when you step back on to home turf, with all of its welcome sights, sounds, smells, bustle, and familiarity.

You can see it in the expressions of those in the waiting area, their gaze searching the incoming stream of humanity for familiar faces approaching. The barely-but-not-quite-contained excitement of young children, eagerly anticipating the sight of grandparents turning the corner and coming down the ramp towards them.

The embraces, the cheerful welcomes, as everyone begins to wander towards the baggage claim area, where even the tedium of the grudgingly slow carousels cannot dampen the delight of happy reunions.

Even the serious expressions of the unaccompanied travelers, briefcases and laptops clutched determinedly as they likewise await the return of their checked overnight bags, speaks of a sense of purpose. They have reached their destination, and they are eager to dive into the purpose for their travel.

In the middle of this sea of humanity, baggage, happy reunions, tearful farewells, connecting flights, arrivals, departures, and buzz of multiple conversations, sits the solitary figure of a writer. With the traditional cup of Tim Horton’s coffee slowly cooling beside him, he contemplates a creative way of announcing his return to blogging.

But in the end, he realizes that a picture is still worth a thousand words: