Well guys, my Passport is about to expire. Today I was filling out all of my paperwork so that I can get a new one and it made me a little sad. That little passport has taken me to 6 continents in 10 years...all around the world...more than a few times. This Passport is special because it was my first one. That's right...I didn't have a Passport until I was in my 20's and then I made up for lost time and traveled a LOT with that little guy. I even had to get pages added a few years ago. I have stamps from places like the Maldives, New Zealand, Singapore, Zimbabwe, Brazil, South Korea, China, Ireland, Sweden....I could go on and on...so many places I NEVER dreamed I would ever go. Like in my wildest childhood dreams, I would've never even imagined.
Now I will turn it in and they will hopefully send it back to me...but with a big ol' hole punched through it. It feels like I'm parting with a dear friend. Maybe that's a little weird, but it's true.
But let me tell you what I'm not sad about: getting a NEW Passport picture. I do not photograph well for these types of things. I look like a scary serial killer who is going to creep into your house at night and stand over you with scissors. Seriously. (You should see my license. Don't even get me started.)
So, anyways...now, they let you TAKE YOUR OWN PASSPORT PHOTO. This is the best and worst news. I mean, great, I can take one until I like it. But honestly, today I got obsessed with it. Like over-analyzing every little part of the picture. I probably took 45 shots. Finally, I just said "screw it" and just picked one. I don't love it and I don't hate it. It's just a picture. I even sort of still look like a serial killer...just a bit milder than the last serial killer picture from 10 years ago. HA.
Anyway, while I'm sad that it's THE END OF AN ERA...I'm also excited because who knows where I will go with this new Passport? I can't even begin to dream up the places it may take me and that's kind of awesome to think about. Never think that your best days are behind you. There is so much in all of our futures that we don't even know is coming. I love the idea of that.
Here's to lots of adventures for all of us in the next 10 years!
PS: Here are some more sweet pics of you and us. You all rock for sending them in.