“Cheer-io then,” he says, rising up his six-foot something lean frame from the rock he had perched himself on. The Rocky Mountains in the distance and a crisp lake just steps ahead had been our resting point for a few minutes of chatter. A short conversation with a traveler that forever is etched in my mind.
I watched him walk back to his rental van and to three of his fellow mates from England. They were celebrating his brother ‘n laws 40th birthday and it was for all of them, their first trip to Canada. He turned and waved before hopping into the opened side door of the van.
My hands already occupied with my camera equipment, I grinned and called back, “Cheers to you too! Enjoy the rest of your time in Canada!”
Tucked in my camera bag was his business card. Email me sometime, he said. “I’d like to know how things turn out.”
I was on one of those escape vacations to ‘figure stuff out.’ There was a transition coming, a crossroads, and I wasn’t sure what direction to take. So with my camera, a back pack stuffed with hiking clothes, and a journal, my red jeep and I took off south to the Rocky Mountains.
A change of scenery, I reasoned, would give me clarity, the answers.
Who knew it would be a short conversation with a traveler from across the world that would clear the way.
And with just a word of greeting.
I’d been so serious, sitting there on the rocks, staring into the mountain lake when I heard his English cheery greeting to me. And I couldn’t help but smile, hearing that accent. Liverpool or London, I had asked him. Liverpool region, he said, and then he wondered out loud how I would know of the different dialects, which led into a conversation of a time I spent in Whithorse, YT working for an English dentist, which led to what he did for a living (police officer) and where he was traveling in Canada, (had just been to Vancouver) and then why I was hanging out alone at a mountain lake.
I walked back to my jeep, my camera around my neck and back pack light on my shoulder. Maybe life isn’t about figuring it all out? Maybe it is about not taking it all so seriously, taking in the moments, and letting in the cheer? And trusting my Guides got it all figured out already.
I’ve linked up today with Kate Motaung’s five minute Friday where we write on a one word prompt for five minutes. Hope you give yourself some cheer today and check out other cheery writings!