It’s amazing how travel changes your perception of time. I only left Europe 3 weeks ago but it already feels like three years ago. And that summer back in America feels like a lifetime ago. I remember talking to one of my friends last month and remarking how that even though we were just in Spain a month ago, I felt like I hadn’t seen him in years.
I often wonder why travel severely alters my perception of time. Weeks feel like months and months feel like years. I think that when you are racing around every day, you do so much that it just piles up and your mind pushes events further and further down. You feel like things were so long ago because you do so much since that last memory. That’s about the only explanation I can think of. 2009 is almost gone and yet despite Europe feeling like ages ago, my life in Taiwan earlier in the year feels like it was just yesterday.
Maybe it is only the short term memories that seem like long ago and, once the mind sorts everything out, it all feels normal again.
What does this have to do with travel? Absolutely nothing. I’m just thinking about how much has happened in 2009, how quickly it has gone by, and how, paradoxically, the last few months have felt like ages ago. I’m thinking about this because tomorrow afternoon I fly to New Zealand after spending three weeks at home in Bangkok.
These weeks went by too quickly. I had high hopes for my time here. I planned to do a lot of work, sightsee, and catch up with friends. Now I find that my time has run out on me before I had enough of it to do any of those things. It’s not for lack of trying- I don’t think I’ve stopped moving since I got off the plane. Yet despite my best intentions, time flew away from me and I feel as though I haven’t accomplished anything- I just spun my wheels.
Though I wish I had more time here in Bangkok, I’m really looking forward to going to New Zealand. The photos in my guidebook look amazing and the only bad thing I’ve ever heard about the country is that it has too many sheep. And if that is the worst of it, I think New Zealand won’t be too bad. One chapter is closing and another is beginning but time still goes by too quick. It may feel like ages but I only wish it took ages.