I love taking photos. And I love archiving tours. For a long time, I brought a digital SLR camera (Nikon, Pentax, or Canon) on every tour. Somewhere along the way, tours started getting longer, and more complicated, and I had more space restrictions because we were flying more often, so I started leaving bigger "fun" items behind.
Last week, I was in the hospital fending off an imminent kidney stone (I've had three in my life and am hell bent on never passing another) and was struck by a "life is short" kind of feeling. In the emergency room, I know I was among the healthiest people there, and my heart went out to the people dealing with life changing health events. (My heart also swelled with joy at this cute couple who came in wearing matching pants.
I started wondering if small immediate gain of packing lighter (with less stuff I move easier through the airport and am not weighed down by heavy, awkward bags) was worth the loss later in life (having fewer beautiful photos to look back on and reminisce about the amazing travels I've been on.)
So, now I'm in Alaska, carrying my awkward heavy bags full of fun things, like my upgraded Canon SLR, and taking photos of everything (and so far we've only been in airports - just wait until I get to explore the scenery!)
I love going away, but I like to take pieces of home with me too. I love the view from my third floor deck in Toronto and so I leave you with this.