Guangzhou Travel Blog› entry 25 of 30 › view all entries
On a balcony in Mainland China.
I watch the city scurry below me. A sea of unknown faces carrying out a million agendas, each on another mission in another moment. Some walk hand in hand with their companions. Others hustle in the darkness, for their night is a working one. Some prowl for gratification. Others, like me, are spectators of this scene. Yet now I am beyond wondering - for I am alone here. My own universe.
Today is my birthday. It is the third consecutive year that I have had my birthday cake on Mars. The first was spent in the sands of the Middle East, the second lost on the dateline at cruising altitude, and now I sit in Guangzhou. The clock ticks into another year - only 2 minutes remain until the significance of this day fades into historical footnote. Another milestone in my personal history.
In a few weeks I will be in the Middle East. Then Europe. Then Asia. Then Australia. *TiC ToC*
Calls and messages filter through to me from those people in my life that matter half a world away in either direction, sending their greetings and salutations. Each message asks me for my latest novelties. A tale or two for dinner parties I will never be seated at. I acknowledge their wishes, but I am underwater. Blowing my bubbles in reply. My present company is fleeting, reminding me of the one universal lesson of the road: the people that I meet will always go their separate ways.
When solitude becomes the hallmark of your anniversaries, the distractions of celebrations fall by the wayside. What remains is reflection - for what has been, what is, what may be. On this day, my thoughts revolve around this island of existence:
What has been: An improbability.
What is: An impossibility.
What will be: A redefinition.
For tomorrow always brings a new dawn.