Facebook has this nifty little feature in which it reminds you of something you have done in years past. I don’t know what it’s called–memories? remembers? Whatever. The point is that I kind of like it. I am a sucker for nostalgia. Of course, if it reminded me that I was sitting on my ass doing nothing at this time three years ago, I would probably hate the thing and deactivate it permanently.
As it is, three years ago at this time I was on a cycling trip from Thailand, through Cambodia, to the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. While not all the scenery was spectacular, it was a good memory and I enjoyed being reminded of it. This is doubly true because we really can’t travel right now.
An interesting consequence of this was that my friend Craig from England, who was on the trip with me, also got a reminder. He shared it with me through FB messenger and added a comment or two. I replied, though still in bed, only to find him calling me. I scrambled out of bed, threw on some clothes and sat down for a chat.
We talked about the trip and the one we had done ten months earlier in Vietnam. We chatted about the characters on the trip and how the cycling trips were in general. We exchanged what few updates we had–it’s been three years and some people are in the wind. Even three years later there are some details which need rehashing.
The two of us were meant to be in South Africa right now cycling through the winelands. Things didn’t turn out for us, or the world, like we thought they would, but we are determined to get there some day. Neither one of us is giving up on the idea that we will be able to travel again some day.
It was a good chance to catch up. After the nostalgia, we talked about the lockdowns (past and current) and how we’ve been doing. We spoke about our current situations, relationships, hardships, Christmas plans, and fitness levels. I have to admit, I had better do something quickly before I become too fat to get on my bike.
If you haven’t reached out to an old friend in a while, I urge you to do it now. It will do you both some good.