Walking with Both Eyes Open

Written from Kyleakin, Scotland (The Isle of Skye), Tuesday, June 17th, 10:40pm

I awake to sunlight streaming through the windows of our hostel. My hand reaches upward to adjust my pillow... it's not there. Rolling over to find it, I see a couple, fast asleep and snuggled up in the twin bunk across from me. Odd, these co-ed hostels...

Anyway, I found my pillow. Shortly after, my friends and I were leaving to explore the island, meeting up with our tour guide who looks like he should be in a rock and roll band from the 60's. As we travel, he makes it a point to not only tell us of the striking history of Scotland, its unique geological features and its landmarks, but also gives us some simple but insightful advise on life (in a mesmerizing Scottish accent, I might add).

Jumping into the Fairy Pools in Scotland

Jumping into the Fairy Pools in Scotland

The little things are just as important as the big things. So when people show you a waterfall, be sure to get a good look at the flowers and the moss on the rocks near by.
— Ewan (our guide)

It came in a timely fashion, as just a few days prior I had jotted down a simple reminder in my travel notebook...

Walk with both eyes open.

Our trip has been a whirlwind - new cities, surreal landscapes and unique opportunities for experiences of a lifetime. And being a photographer, it has been difficult for me to take my eye away from the camera, open up the other and just take it all in. The waterfalls and the moss on the rocks.

Life has a way of sweeping past us one second at a time. The problem with seconds though, is that, like pennies, they add up. Before you know it, you've got a dollar (or a pound, as it may be) and it's tomorrow.

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.
— Augustine of Hippo
Staffin Bay, Scotland

Staffin Bay, Scotland

Keep your eyes open - there are many pages left to be read.

With Love and Hope,
Jacob