How does one decide on one’s favourite place in all the world?
I thought this week’s Friday prompt would be an easy assignment. I had only to sift through my memories and select the location that made my heart sing the loudest, the one I most yearn to return to.
Only it turns out it’s not so simple.
I’ve travelled to many places that make my heart expand fit to bursting. Places that have made me want to twirl and sing and dance (I call these my ‘hills are alive’ moments…). At such times I believe I embody pure happiness.
Some of these locations have been exotic overseas destinations (such as Delphi, which I posted about last week, along with many others, including Nepal, Alaska, Spain…). Others have been more local — places imbued with happy family memories (such as Victoria’s High Country and even Phillip Island, which I can escape to on a regular basis and reanimate my spirit).
I can’t single any one of these out. To do so would seem to diminish it in some absurd way. To contemplate choosing one favourite seems narrow-minded and disrespectful to all the others. And oddly backward looking. Sure, I’ve often thought I’d love to return to Nepal and trek to Everest Base Camp — but what about all the places I haven’t been to yet? Choosing a favourite now seems so limiting.
But maybe I’m over-thinking this. Maybe what this calls for is somewhere even closer to home.
Maybe what I’m after is something like my favourite writing cafe — because at the moment, from an everyday perspective, I’m probably happiest when hanging out in the cafe with my computer, feeling productive.
The truth is I’ve been thinking all day about what I would nominate as my favourite place in all the world, and I simply couldn’t settle on anywhere. Every time my mind zeroed-in on a location, it shied away to somewhere else.
So I’m declaring my favourite to be whichever place is making me happy at any particular point in time.
If my soul is being reanimated…
If my heart is expanding…
If I am about to launch into song…
If I am involuntarily grinning like a zany…
Then I am in my favourite place.
What’s your favourite place and how do you define it?
This post is in response to the WANAFriday prompt: What’s your favourite place in the whole world (that you’ve been to)? Why?
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