Anyone who follows ALOR knows, we are not the biggest fans of mass tourism. I’ve actually intentionally… skipped the Colosseum. Don’t hate me.
Still, the recent news of Malta’s Azure Window collapse, did not go unnoticed in our house. Not because we’re Game of Thrones watchers. Well Paolo is, but I’m not.
Okay, yes. Now you can hate me.
The reason, the collapse of the Azure Window caught my attention, was a gut reaction that caught me completely off guard.
Game of Thrones Travel Destination Destroyed
Quickly for those who might not know what the heck I’m going on about. The Tieqa tad-Dwejra aka Malta’s Azure Window, collapsed into the seas during a storm on March 8th.
I caught the news on the Washington Post. Not because Game of Thrones was jammed into the title, rather the phrase ‘That Sad Day Arrived.’
Reading the article, triggered an unexpected feeling.
And it shocked me.
The Time Is Always Now
Now, I realize this might seem like a weird reaction. After taking a little time to think about it, I realized the answer.
I have lived. Leaped. Loved. Traveled.
I will never get to see the Azure Window but instead of making me sad, the news made me grateful for all the things I HAVE seen in life.
Is that weird? Honestly, I don’t know. It is true though.
If a shift toward gratitude over regret, is the side effects of living with intent, taking risks and embracing change, then bring, it, on.
This quick post is not to minimize the impacts of the loss.
For those who had Malta on their travel bucket list thanks to Game of Thrones, I am sorry. To the people of Malta, I am very sorry.
The reason for this post is to quickly acknowledge Mother Natures ability to remind us, the time is always now.