Writing Prompt: Travel

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This week’s writing prompt was prompted (pun intended) by Damyanti at Daily (w)rite. Her question to the masses was “What was the last city you traveled to and how did it make you feel?

My most recent travels were to Montego Bay, Jamaica.

As you can see from the above image, the view was very picturesque.  I’m a huge fan of the colors in nature.  Not just because they are so beautiful, but because I’m always in awe at how splendid God makes things around us.

In addition, this trip was relaxing and enlightening.  It was a good chance for me to take a moment and just breathe and enjoy the sights and people around me.  It also allowed me to see how natives of the island lived.  On one hand, I felt sorry for them because looking at the conditions of living quarters was a complete contrast of the villa I stayed in.

On the other hand, as the manager of the villa explained, the attitude of locals can often be so laid back that they do not try to better themselves or their native land.  Instead, others from countries near and far have a hand in what will be though they may not even live there.  Once again, it saddens me mostly because it’s like giving up or just accepting whatever without giving a voice or input.

All in all, I love to travel.  I have a life’s  goal to see the rest of the U.S. (26 down, 24 to go) and various parts of the globe.  I’m interested in not only seeing the tourist-y side, but also learn about the different cultures and see how others live.  On most of my travels so far, I have found that there are just as many similarities as there are differences.

Where have you traveled?  What has been your experience?

 

XOXO, Melanie Dawnn

 

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Is That a Reflection I See???

ImageThe last couple of months have been the most reflective for me when it comes to life and death.  No I’m contemplating suicide or anything like that.  I’ve had 3 classmates to pass away.  The first two within days of each other and the most recent this past week.  Each either didn’t  make it to 40 or barely did.

And then today as I drove to work, I sat at a traffic light for what seemed like forever.  It wasn’t an accident or construction, it was due to a lengthy funeral procession.  I wasn’t annoyed by the delay, just in awe.  There had to be at least 100-150 cars in the procession, with most having at least 2-3 people.  To me that’s a lot of love and respect being shown.  Whoever the individual was, they mattered and this made me stop to reflect on my life, legacy, and relationships.  Would there be a similar experience when I’m gone or will I be a temporary memory?  What difference have I made in this world or with others?  Have I really accomplished my goals? Continue reading “Is That a Reflection I See???”