I have been asked many times now, why do I write this blog? Who is your audience? The truth is, I write this blog first for me, and secondly for you. Who is my audience? I really don’t know. I have read a ton of literature about marketing a blog, who to write for, what to write about, how to write and how to market to your audience. But the truth is, I wake up and I write about things that interest me or things that I have done in my life, roads I have traveled and roads I would like to travel in the future. This “Travel Blog” is not what the obvious would suggest. I am not going to try to sell you an “e-book” I wrote about travel, there are plenty of good ones out there already. Nor is it a site where you’ll be able to book your vacation.
It is a site that I use to share with you my travels, my stories and my views and I suppose now, my most heart felt feelings. Most people associate travel with packing a bag, taking a plane, train or car, staying in a hotel in some fun and exotic place that you have been dreaming about. That is not what I wish to share with you today.
Today, I wish to share with you a Road Less Traveled.
Sometimes my travels never take me out of my house or hometown, but always teach me something profound and important. Yesterday my Partner and I lost a member of our family. That is not a completely factual statement, yesterday we let go of a member of our family.
For nearly 10 years of my life, I have had a member of my family, and he is no longer with us, his name is Scout. And yes, he was a pet, a beautiful and friendly dog. Yesterday it was necessary to make the decision to let him go, to give him the respect he deserved and earned. Scout was nearly 14 years old and was a member of my Partner’s family before I met him, he welcomed me into the fold, he loved me as I did him.
He showed unconditional love and respect and in return he expected that his owner(s) would show him the same. That we would care for him, feed him, ensure he lived a happy and safe life and that in the end we would do the right thing to make sure he didn’t suffer. He trusted we would not make decisions based on our own needs or feelings, but on his.
Scout never met a bowl of food he didn’t like, or a person he couldn’t be friends with. He also didn’t judge, he didn’t show disrespect, he didn’t expect anything other than love and a good meal.
Scout was the quintessential definition of Man’s Best Friend. So often I take for granted what unconditional love is, but all you have to do is look at your own pet to see it, to know that it exists and that it doesn’t cost you a thing, except reciprocal love.
This was a difficult decision for my Partner to make, but one I whole heartedly supported. The compassion and tenderness he showed through this process was more than anyone could expect. Whether its a pet or your brother, sister or someone else, the feelings are equally as deep and emotional.
• [ with obj. ] journey along (a road) or through (a region): he traveled the world with the army.verb ( travels, traveling , traveled ; also chiefly Brit. travels, travelling,travelled )
Travel is not always about packing a bag and heading out to some far off, exotic place. Sometimes travel happens at home and in your heart. Yesterday, I traveled far and learned so much about compassion, trust and love. It is a very difficult road to travel
This is not my first trip down this road, but I hope that this is a road I will travel less and less in the future.
Rest In Peace Scout