Inspired by this TED Talk about recording a video each day, I re-committed myself to that effort during my backpacking trip abroad, in September 2013. The following video shows the last five-ish months of my travels: it begins in England, following my journey through Wales, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Malaysia.
This project is a powerful memory aid — in that one second, I’m transported to a different time, reminded of other events that transpired that day. So it carries more meaning for me than it will anyone else. But it’s still exciting to share, and I hope you enjoy it.
In choosing a song to accompany the video, I encountered some difficulty. I had wanted to select something that would be reminiscent of my time abroad, but nothing seemed to fit. I eventually arrived at Michael Franti & Spearhead’s “Say Hey (I Love You),” one of my favorite happy songs. The mood of the song is very reflective of my backpacking trip — light, joyous, content but still eager in anticipation.
The messages contained in the song are also very fitting: traveling is a very humbling experience, and nothing captures this sentiment more than the verse, “The more I see, the less I know.” I expanded my experiential knowing in the arts of patience, flexibility, trust, vulnerability, gratitude, and compassion. But I also realized that there is so much more to learn, to experience and witness.
And while embracing that uncertainty and unknowing, there is one thing that remains unchanged — the love we have for one another. He refers to romantic love, but in my mind I extend it to the love between any two people. I think of the love between family and close friends, between neighbors and acquaintances. I’m reminded of the strong love and gratitude I felt for strangers.
Every close friend begins as a stranger, and this video is an expression of my fierce, unyielding love for the world.