Memories and rich life experiences are guaranteed not to collect dust.
Perhaps your own memories may not be so full of exotic places and animals as mine, but whether it's your child taking her first steps, a much loved cat purring at your side by night, or the first time you smelled a rose, or tasted a favourite food, or shared precious moments with friends, life has a habit of compiling those special moments we can draw upon to gain strength from, celebrate and recollect when the going gets tough.
Not a day goes by where I do not feel enriched by my travels, or the personal challenges I have faced both making them happen and sometimes at those long dreamed of destinations, when things haven't gone quite to plan.
Then again, who is to say that managing aemeobic dysentry abroad is not yet a memory that evokes any less rich an ultimate experience of a place, than eyeballing a vervet monkey in the wild, or gazing upon a Cezanne in Musee D'Orsay?
Sometimes it's when things do go wrong that we find ourselves immersed in "the milk of human kindness", or simply observing human activity on a beach that might have escaped our attention had we "been in a better place", had things gone to plan.
Zanzibar, was a place I saw largely from my hotel room as a result of Zanzibar belly. Yet such a glorious beachside location and all that took place there from dawn till dusk has left at least as great an impression as places travelled in better health and humour!
Sometimes I can just look at a photo, or think of a place and memories of the smells and air quality, or the colour of the skies seem to remain with me to this day.
So too, wonderful meals, enjoyed with friends and family!
Then, of course sometimes memories are all we have left of much loved family members and friends who have passed on. Memories are often times to be treasured, till the day we die ourselves.
Relatives won't fight over an estate of memories, nor can disaster, or misfortune remove them from us.
Yes. As I always maintain, travel is an investment in yourself and experience and memories are amongst the returns for your investment. So too, our investment in making the world just a little better as a result of our contributions back to the world,, one day at a time, through whatever means we can!
Yet more treasured memories!
Thankfully my memory collection requires no space, or housing beyond my own mind, or cleaning to keep on good order.
That's what I call a practical collection!