at the long table filled with strangers
who transformed into friends
thirty days of adventure through China
the end coming near
attempting to swallow that hour-old fried egg
travellers milling around the buffet room
crunching that cold crusty bread
taking it all in.
One more day
twenty-four short hours
washing it all down with the far too sweet orange juice
tuning into the conversations surrounding me
focusing on the elderly Alaskan man
having travelled to hundreds of countries
offering advice to our group of new-found travellers
me, taking my last bite of juicy pineapple
confirming his intention
me, he is talking to me
“You need to travel now. Not later, now!”
my perfectly paved future plans
as those words encircled me
How does he know
the questions running through my head
throughout this trip
He has given me the answers
Travel now, not later, now!
I wish I could speak to that Alaskan Man one more time. Two months after our brief interaction, I signed a contract to work in Vietnam. Six years later, I am still living overseas and travelling as he recommended.
He was right; travel now, not later.