An old friend of mine is expiring and I am very sad about it. I am frustrated because there is nothing I can do to prevent it. I have known this friend for almost 10 years. This friend has been with me on every one of my adventures and has helped me each step of the way. One time my friend got too thin and I had to fatten my friend up so that it could continue to travel with me.
My friend has been touched by many people and has helped me collect memories along the way. As I sit here on a quiet Sunday with my old friend we reminisce together about the times we have shared. From that glorious time of kayaking in North Vietnam and realizing that I was in a beautiful place that many decades before I came close to having to go absurdly fight against and to West Africa where I witnessed voodoo ceremonies that few had seen. We also reminisced about that fateful trip to Tanzania with my amazing children that set me down a life path to follow a dream to start Infinite Safari Adventures and share with people my love of Africa, its wildlife and its people. My friend was always there with me.
Sadly, soon I will have to send my friend away to be replaced by a new friend. It will be thinner, emptier and not as worn and warm as my old friend – but I know that will soon change. And I can take comfort in the fact that my old friend will arrive back to me accompanied with my new friend, where I can keep it safe and every so often we can visit and reminisce about those wonderful adventures of 10 years that we shared together. I wish they would make passports that were good for your entire life.