― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!, 1990
It started in childhood. The first book I can recall reading by myself was “Beth’s Happy Day.”
Like most '80s babies, I also grew up reading the Dr. Seuss collection.
From “The Cat in the Hat,” to “Green Eggs and Ham,” Dr. Seuss was a staple of my childhood reading selection.
These books helped spark my creativity and open my mind to experiences beyond the confines of where I was allowed to ride my bike before I had to turn around--four houses outside the cul-de-sac where my parents’ house sat in southwest Houston.
Fast forward to adulthood, I have been fortunate enough to move beyond the perimeter of that cul-de-sac to spend time in several parts of the United States.
Last weekend and part of this week, I visited Pensacola Beach.
But as a journalist and perpetual academic with student loans, I’m pretty happy with any beach that is warm, clean and has blue water.
Anyway, as I sat on my beach towel in full uniform (sunscreen, bathing suit, flamboyant straw sun hat and stylish shades), I had time to relax, observe the wonder that is nature and ponder about life—where I’ve been and where I’m about to go.
My health and mind have landed me many opportunities to see the world.
I’ve mostly traveled for business, but there has been the occasional trip just for pleasure.
I have experienced new people and cultures, sampled different cuisines and gained memories that I’ll hopefully never forget (If for some reason I do, I’ll just refer to the hundreds of pictures I took along the way.)
Regardless of whether the locale was simple or fancy or big or small, I’m happy to visit some place I might not otherwise have gotten to experience at all (Shout out to Dr. Seuss! )
I’m excited to see where life takes me in the future!
I’m just hoping it involves a passport.