If someone asked you “what was the most memorable moment of your year in 2013”, what would you answer? I was asked recently and had to stop and think.
What defines “most memorable” and how could I narrow that down to just one? What makes one moment stand out among all the other moments I had during the year? After a fairly life-changing twelve months, I realised I didn’t have just one - every moment of the year was memorable for one reason or another.
But I did have a defining moment. It came when I was sitting on a hotel room bed in the ugly town of Podgorica in Montenegro, eating a Snickers chocolate bar and watching very bad cable TV. It was the last day of my solo journey and after eight months of incredible history, sights, sounds, scenery, smells and experiences, it hit me. The most memorable part, of anywhere I had been, was the people.
Whether it was one person or several people, whether friends or total strangers, whether through bad experiences or random acts of kindness, it was the people that left an indelible mark on any moment. Sometimes though, it was actually the absence of people that made it most special.
Realistically, I am unlikely to do much meditating with monks, snorkelling with whale sharks, climbing volcanoes or visiting genocide sites in 2014, but I know that anywhere I am, there will always be people moments that play a part in making a memorable year.
Welcome to 2014 and may it be full of your own most memorable people moments - be they good, bad or just different.
I share with you just a few of mine from 2013.