My Best Kept Secret

My best kept secret: a picture is worth a thousand words.  Now, I know what you’re thinking.  That’s not a secret, that’s common knowledge!  And to an extent, yes it is.  However, no matter how many times I heard that phrase, and no matter how many pictures I took, I never truly grasped the concept until I moved to Panama a few months ago and began the adventure of a lifetime.  Obviously, since being in Panama I’ve taken what seems like a million pictures documenting my new life.  And now, when I look  back at the pictures I’ve taken so far, not only do I remember what I was doing and who I was with, but also exactly how I was feeling in that precise moment.  You can see the fear in my face as I said goodbye to my family at the airport.  You can laugh along with me at the ridiculous pictures of my housemates and I.  You can feel the accomplishment I experienced as I hiked the highest point in Panama, the ledgendary Volcan Baru.  And now that I’ve been in Panama a few months, when I look at my pictures from back home, it instantly transports me to the beautiful, crisp, Tennessee fall days I spent with my friends.  And whenever I get homesick, I turn to my old pictures and instantlly feel as if I’m back in the moment with my friends and family and suddenly I’m not so alone. Throughout my trip so far, I’ve learned to cherish pictures with all I have because although words do a great job telling stories, they don’t allow you to see the world for exactly what it is.  And there’s nothing like being transported back to that moment in time.

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