Recently, I travelled to Scotland and Ireland for an amazing two week adventure. This was a trip my wife Kimberly and I had wanted to do for a long time. Her background is Scottish and mine is Irish, so it was the perfect way to both be able to visit “our people.”
It would be difficult to share everything about that trip but there was something profound I discovered along the way that I wanted to share. The first week we spent in Scotland. As we travelled along on the tour, thankfully not being the ones to drive to the northern areas of Scotland to the Isle of Skye, all of those songs I had sung with friends and family started to have a connection to the land we saw. One of the most unforgettable moments that caught me off guard was when we travelled to Loch Lomond. All of the sudden the song the tour guide put on the CD player, “The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lamond” became real. Tears flooded my eyes. I couldn’t control them or stop them to save myself.
The song tells of the old Celtic myth that the soul of a Scot who dies outside his homeland will find it’s way back home by the spiritual road, or the low road. So he condemned man says to his friend: “You take the high road and I’ll take the low road, and I’ll be in Scotland afore ye…”
The words were real as I was now looking over this breath-taking area and the beautiful waters of this Loch (aka Lake). I have heard this song so many times before but now I was there. Right before my eyes. The reality of this moment was just too much for my body to handle.
I will never forget how real it felt. It brought to light how important moments are. That was an amazing experience, and one I wasn’t sure I would get a chance to experience. I am so glad I did.
My wife and I have made changes in our lives to make moments and experiences more of a priority in the past few years. I didn’t know how much that meant to me until this trip. I mean, I have had some amazing opportunities and have participated in some great events, but all of the sudden I get it. It doesn’t matter what I could ever strive for to own or to buy…things will never measure up to moments and experiences we can have if that becomes our focus. I guess you are never too old to learn new things.
I am honoured to have learned something so valuable prior to the arrival of our first grand babies. I want to make sure moments and experiences as the forefront of the relationship we build with the wee ones. They are not going to care what our couch looks like or what model our car is. They will want to be with us, to experience the world with us every moment. I can’t wait.