Push pins

My generation uses pins in maps of the world like notches in bed posts. They are a lists: Top Ten, Bucket List, look how far I’ve gone. They are our hand to play, our curriculum vitae: the course of life. Sometimes it ceases to be about travel, and the destination is paramount.

We grew up in a world more global than ever previously imagined. We live lives where it is no longer enough to be born, grow, and die in one place, or two. You’re nobody until you’ve been somewhere. We were all in a rush to put push pins in maps. Take photos around the world, send back postcards, collect your souvenirs and show them on the mantle. Is it it bragging, or trying to hold on to the feeling of freedom? Is it reminiscence, nostalgia, or vanity? Is it a search for this ideal we learned somewhere - the wanderer, free and lonely, wild and willing? Who is this person we all want to be? What is this epic that we all emulate?

2 Comments

  • By Shaun, March 31, 2014 @ 1:33 pm

    Mine are a reminder of friends. A reminder of what I work for. A reminder that there is a world out there beyond home and the office. The epic is one of my own choosing. I’m happier travelling in the UK than I am almost anywhere else but to confine myself to one country seems narrow minded.

  • By Hezabelle, April 6, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

    Definitely a good way to use maps. :)

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