I found myself studying the pictures a friend of mine gave a “LIKE” to on social media. The first picture was taken at an airport, of a man laying on what looks like an adjustable hospital bed and was accompanied by a few people. The second picture was also a back view of him on his reclining bed, staring out the window of the airplane. A lady was leaning down towards him with a warm smile. There were a few others surrounding him. The next picture was of him again enjoying the breathtaking ocean view from the hotel room. And the last one captured the peace and serenity of him and his family on the beach under a sun umbrella.
I could not make out the age of the man from looking at the photos, as his face was not shown. But from the other people’s body language, I had a feeling it was an old man. Why was this person traveling when he’s not even well enough to walk or sit up? Was this one of the things to do on his bucket list? Is he regretting not traveling more while he was young? Did he wait this long to finally travel?
After reading the caption, I learned that this elderly was returning to Hawaii, his favorite place in the world, to relive the memories he had when he vacationed in Hawaii during his early adulthood. His wife and two children worked together on the travel logistics, hired a reliable nurse and made his dream come true.
I was interested to learn more about this man’s life and was even tempted to write my friend to ask – Why was this man making the trip now? Did this man like to travel? Did he travel a lot when he was young or was he too busy living his conventional life that he never had time to? Why was Hawaii so special to him? Does he have any regrets in life? What are his other dreams? I wonder what was going through his mind when he got to visit Hawaii again.
Travel memories last a lifetime and being able to relive those special experiences – whether it is a simple thing like the smell of the ocean or the taste of a cup of tea in your favorite destination – can make a person very happy.