My goal with WanderlustDaily has always been to inspire people to travel more. That’s why I decided to share this short story on Instagram, but also here on the blog – it’s a message I want everyone to get: be amazed of the little things that surround you and be grateful for what you’re experiencing.
At JFK airport, 2 weeks ago, I needed to go to the bathroom to change clothes and wear joggers for the long flight. I asked an old couple to watch my bag and the lady answered “I take a small charge!” and laughed.
When I came back I thanked her and we started talking about generic and travel-related topics like “where are you going?” or “is this your first time in Italy?”.
Her husband, in his 80s, didn’t say a word and kept reading stuff on his tablet. They seemed to be into technology considering their iPad, iPhone, and cameras.
I later found out that they already had been to Italy four times and for this occasion, they were going to visit Milan, Rome, Sicily, and Amalfi.
She had so much energy and longing to explore.
Two of their most recent destinations were India and Thailand; she showed me some photos and videos of elephants painting in the jungle (yes elephants can paint!).
“We travel 4-5 times a year. The airfare to Italy was cheap. We try to budget!”
It was almost the golden hour and I got my camera ready. I never want to miss a sunset photo when I have the chance.
I instantly liked Ann. She was the kind of lady you’d spend hours talking and laughing.
She was so thrilled about visiting their friends in New Jersey before going back to Ohio. And of course, she couldn’t wait to see Italy again. She was excited about life. You could tell just by looking into her eyes and by her infectious laugh.
But there was a thing I liked the most about her. And it’s something I always look for in people.
She showed me her new Nikon camera with super zoom and said: “Oh I’ve been waiting for this!“. The sun was boasting its most intense colors just behind Manhattan’s skyline. She jumped from her seat and started taking pictures. “I’ve been waiting for the sunset, it’s amazing, look at it!“.
She quickly changed position four or five times to find the perfect spot, and then proudly showed me the result. Her new camera was as shiny as her smile.
After 70 years or more of experiences, trips and whatever could happen in such a long period, she was still amazed for a sunset. One of the most simple yet beautiful things we get to see every day. And I thought “This is what I strive for”.