“Turns out not where but who you’re with that really matters.”
-Dave Matthews Band
For some reason this quote has always stuck with me. It could be for the fact that it is a personal favorite of a dear friend back home. Or perhaps it’s because I want to agree with it, yet I live a life that suggests the complete opposite.
The past few years for me have been all about the places. I left all my friends and family back home to see the world and all it’s wonder as I was so drawn. Leading up to my departure, I had a few acquaintances tell me that they would love to do the same, but would want to share the experiences with a loved one. From my perspective, I didn’t have the patience to wait around for one such traveling partner; I wanted to go, and I wanted to go right then.
As such, it hasn’t always been easy, but it has damn well been life changing. Plus, when you’re on your own, there’s no compromising; you get to see and do whatever you want!
All that being said, last week I had the great joy of reuniting with a friend from high school here in Perth for the first time in years. When you’ve been away for so long and have learned to adapt to a continuous cycle of places and people, you forget how nice it can be to spend time with someone who knows you from your past. The surprising ease with which these reunions occur can be so refreshing and I was ecstatic to have had such a reunion.
My friend is an avid traveler herself, and it was such a wonderful experience to share our tales from the road (or in my case, water) and also be able to discuss our lives back home and what it all has meant for us individually. It was amazing to see that even years and miles apart can in fact bring two people together. Plus, we spent the evening at the Perth Fringe Festival drinking wine and seeing an all male burlesque show, so you really can’t beat that!
We have another couple of weeks to catch up and make some more memories together before we each jet off to our next destination (or port of call…) and that could not be more apropos.
So although right now I might be all about the places I’m seeing, reunions like this make me come around the the realization that maybe sometimes the people can in fact make the place.
Check out my friend Suzi’s travel blog at http://www.om-vagabond.com/ for more about her adventures 🙂