0 Comments | Sep 16, 2011

Life is for Living ~ Michael’s Musings

Do you remember your first international travel that sparked a fire of curiosity inside? Travel that discovered a world beyond your inner self. . . the melody of spoken foreign languages,  foods tasted, cultures that differed from our American way of life. The excitement and effects of a day spent in a piazza, along a river, or gazing at the art in museums, or the first time you entered a cathedral older than America. I do and it caused a tremendous renaissance within me.

Memories I recall are my first TWA transatlantic Constellation flight to Europe in 1960 at age 6, and weeks later the Closing Ceremonies at the Rome Olympics, living in Rome for a year eating ‘lupini’ in the colorful outdoor produce markets, a magical gondola ride in Venice and the dancing of pigeons in St. Mark’s Square. . .Little did I know in 1960 that I would travel the globe many times over to experience a myriad of vignettes of life. . . a balloon safari in the Serengeti Plains… a bull-fight in Madrid… a dip in Bondi beach in Sydney… floating in the Dead Sea in Israel… the floating markets in Bangkok… skiing the Alps… walking the Via Dolorossa in Jerusalem… experiencing the Passion Play in Oberamergau… and seeing so many Broadway Shows that set my foot a tappin’  . . . each new visit and each new place has enriched me beyond my wildest dreams. And now I sit in my office in serene Carmel Valley experienced and prepared to plan a vacation for you – perhaps in the image of one I shared before.

I lost a dear friend last month, a college pal who was only 55. She was a mother, a wife, a best friend, and didn’t deserve to leave so quickly, or so suddenly. . . so now more than ever I desire to live life to the max before a sudden surprise changes our trajectory forever.

Guy Lombardo made famous a song called, “Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think)”.  The song puts a light spin on a dark subject, our own mortality, and some mornings I wake up with these lyrics stuck in my head on loop.   Today was one of those days, and while I adore the song, it always makes me feel a sense of melancholy for those people who do put off the joys of life and living and who get lost in the daily grind. I didn’t include the entire song below, just my favorite parts. I hope it makes you think of wonderful things you’ve done while living your life, and that it inspires you to keep living and having fun.

“Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think)”
music by Carl Sigman and lyrics by Herb Magidson

You work and work for years and years, you’re always on the go
You never take a minute off, too busy makin’ dough
Someday, you say, you’ll have your fun, when you’re a millionaire
Imagine all the fun you’ll have in your old rockin’ chair

Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think
Enjoy yourself, while you’re still in the pink
The years go by, as quickly as a wink
Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think

You’re gonna take that ocean trip, no matter, come what may
You’ve got your reservations made, but you just can’t get away
Next year for sure, you’ll see the world, you’ll really get around
But how far can you travel when you’re six feet underground?

Come play with us – We have a whole travel season ahead starting with New Years Week in Tahiti ! Please join me on any of our worldwide travel adventures and live life to the fullest!