My name is Scott and I like to travel. There I said it, wow that does feel better. There is probably a program for my affliction somewhere. I am what I would consider a Normal Guy. I am a native Arizonan, sometimes we are called “Zonies”. I am in my mid 40′s and enjoy a great life. I am self employed and have a wonderful daughter and Partner. Although I would say my life is a fairly normal one, I am also quite lucky in that I have the ability to travel and enjoy the world, I enjoy learning about other cultures and experiencing the world around us.
I want to be right upfront about the type of travel I enjoy and the type I don’t. You will probably not ever read a story of about me backpacking my way through the serengeti during the height of summer, nor will you probably read any stories of me sleeping in the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton in Paris. I am not a budget traveler, nor am I an uber luxury traveler, I fall somewhere in the middle, where most people fall I believe.
I started this blog for the sole purpose of sharing my stories, my views and my excitement for traveling around this world with my friends, family. However it doesn’t stop there for me, I also wanted to make friends with others around the world, those who travel and those who dream of travel. Blogs and Websites evolve over time, mine will no doubt expand over time as well please come back and see what has taken place. However if you have come to my blog to schedule a flight or a hotel, this is not the place.
Three words that scare the hell out of every law abiding citizen around the world or perhaps someone who is going through a health scare. It’s funny though, it may mean different things to different people, I suppose it depends on where you are in your life.
WHOA, WHOA Where is this Post going?
What “Assume the Position” means to me has nothing to do with a medical procedure or breaking the law and getting caught. To me it means that moment when your on vacation, and you find yourself standing in front of the Greatest Picture you have never taken. You know when everyone around is looking at the Coliseum or Petra through the lens of a camera. Your so busy taking pictures of the beautiful things all around you that you forget to witness all the beautiful things around you.
Recently on a trip to my favorite country to visit, Italy. It dawned on me that often times I am that person. What happened to me? I used to really enjoy just being in the space of these beautiful places, now I can’t help myself and feel the need to document them all. I have talked with a lot of travelers over the years and one of the questions I usually ask at some point is. How many pictures do you usually take? The answer is typically a couple hundred.
I have a problem, I admit it.
Is there a 12 step program for what ails me?
It is very easy for me to take 1000, 1500 sometimes even more than 2000 photos in just one to two weeks time.
Am I missing all the beauty around me in an effort to document the very beauty that I am missing?
And by doing so, am I missing the point of visiting these beautiful places around the world?
Recently while on vacation in Amalfi, Italy all of this struck me and made me wonder if I need to make some adjustments to my desire to document through photos. So on that day, I took a lot less pictures. The pictures I did take were of all the other travelers who had “Assumed the Position”.
It is very encouraging to know I am not alone. Assume the Position people.