By the time April 2014 rolls around, it will have been just over 6 years. A year late, but then all good things take time.
On March 17, 2008 a TV show would premier across Canada that would inspire my husband, Stefan, and I to plan our lives towards making a wild dream come to fruition. Monday nights we would make sure we were home and settled by 8pm, when Departures would feed our senses with the most beautiful cinematography, enchanting music, culture, and comical antics. This travel series was about the journey, not the destination. And each episode was a true art/life experience, told through the eyes of 3 best friends: the ever-entertaining Scott Wilson and Justin Lukach as hosts, and award-winning cameraman, Andre Dupuis.
Watching their adventures unfold really moved me, as if I were experiencing them, too, through my vivid imagination. I felt a soul-deep longing for a similar life. One Monday night I turned to Stefan, and blurted out, “Let’s do that! After we pay off our mortgage, let’s plan to take a year-long road trip!”. His answer? “Ok!”. And so our dream was born. The intention was set. Not once in the past 5 years or so that we have been planning and dreaming this trip out loud together have we ever faltered.
“One of the gladdest moments of human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the leaden weight of routine, the cloak of many cares and the slavery of home, man feels once more happy.” ~ Sir Richard Burton
And so it all began. Our plans quickly became a part of daily life, mostly internal, always strategizing, accepting that such a grand plan takes time and patience. But that story, my fellow Wanderers, is for another day…