One of the things I like about traveling is the always changing scenery. You never know what’s waiting for you over the next hill or around the next bend in the road. You know…life is like that too.
We all have a point of origin and we all have a destination. It’s in between that can be exciting, boring or filled with happiness or sadness or some of each.
For me it’s been some of each.
The thrill of setting out on a solo, unsupported, cross-country bicycle trip in March ended with a blown tire and three days in the VA hospital in Shreveport, LA. Yep, the trip was some of all of the above.
When you’re travleing by bicycle you meet people you never would’ve met otherwise. If you pull into a convenience store somewhere in a car, you’re just another person passing through. No one notices. But pull into the same convenience store on a fully loaded bicycle, people stop, look and many of them come over to chat.
People in life are like that also. All come into your life for a season. Sometimes that season is shorter as in passing them on the street. Sometimes it’s longer — the kind you enter a relationship with. But it’s always for a season.
Those people that linger in your lives for a season longer than just a passing word outside Green Sage leave footprints on your heart. When the season ends, it ends…but the footprints remain.
For me, the season just ended.
So as I set here at my favorite table at Firestorm Cafe, I’ll hoist my mug of coffee to the memories and turn to a blank page in this book called life. Who knows what’s around the next curve or over the next hill.
Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist living in Asheville, North Carolina. He has traveled the world documenting the tears, joys, laughter and lives of people everywhere. He currently focuses his camera on the same topics in America. His work has appeared in such diverse publications as USAToday, CNN, Upsurge, Dream Row and others. A portion of his income from each photo shoot is donated to organizations that help the homeless in the communities in which he works. You can see more of his photography by clicking here.