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Daraius’ Diary – I Never Want “Safe Travels”

Daraius:  We’ve got a great team at Million Mile Secrets.  But I miss writing as much as I did in the old days!  So here I am writing about stuff that I really care about (and which isn’t all miles-and-points related).

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” – Marie Curie

I feel very uncomfortable and dislike folks wishing me “Safe Travels.”  Sure, I understand they mean well, and “Safe Travels” is a form of phatic speech, as trite as, “Have a good day.”

“Safe Travels” makes me wonder if I’m in danger of being abducted and forced to star in a movie with Pamela Anderson!  Or at risk of torture by being force-fed steamed broccoli and warm milk?

Daraius Diary Dont Wish Me Safe Travels

When Someone Wishes Me “Safe Travels,” I Imagine the Plane Is a Time Machine That Might Throw Me Into the Midst of a Battle, or Worse, a Terrible 1990s Movie!

I’d stay at home, if I wanted to be safe.  And is staying at home really safe?  Nothing in life is more certain than the knowledge that we all have an expiration date and will eventually die.

I don’t travel to be safe.

I travel to Live.

For Adventure.  Excitement.  Love.  Memories.  Smiles.  Laughter.  Joy.  Happiness.  Connection.  Gratitude.

As my favorite Stoic put it:

“It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.” – Marcus Aurelius

I heard a lot of warnings from folks about being “safe” in Johannesburg, South Africa, and not to go to certain parts of town.

So of course I went there!

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Daraius’ Diary: Love in an Airport

Daraius:  We’ve got a great team at Million Mile Secrets helping with posts.  But I miss writing as much as I did in the old days!  So here I am writing about stuff that I really care about (and which isn’t all miles-and-points related). 

“Airports see more sincere kisses than wedding halls. The walls of hospitals have heard more prayers than the walls of churches.” – Unknown

I have a confession.

I don’t really remember many of the movies I’ve watched.  But I remember, very clearly, the opening scene from Love Actually, which was shot at London’s Heathrow airport using real-life folks.

I cried when I first watched it.  And still do, when I re-watch it.

That ~1 minute introduction is 1 of the most warm, upbeat, and moving piece of film which I’ve watched.  And it’s even set in an airport! :)

Here’s a transcription of the opening sequence, for those of y’all who don’t want to watch the movie clip (though I’d love it if you did).

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