KYRGYZSTAN TRAVEL DIARY – DAY 10 (BISHKEK – WANDERING AROUND THE CITY XIII – TRAIN STATION II)

by Antonio Gil July. 18, 2017 1555 views

♫♫ Steel Rails John Denver ♫♫

THE STATION

By Robert J. Hastings

TUCKED AWAY in our subconscious minds is an idyllic vision in which we see ourselves on a long journey that spans an entire continent. We’re traveling by train and, from the windows, we drink in the passing scenes of cars on nearby highways, of children waving at crossings, of cattle grazing in distant pastures, of smoke pouring from power plants, of row upon row upon row of cotton and corn and wheat, of flatlands and valleys, of city skylines and village halls.

But uppermost in our conscious minds is our final destination–for at a certain hour and on a given day, our train will finally pull into the Station with bells ringing, flags waving, and bands playing. And once that day comes, so many wonderful dreams will come true. So restlessly, we pace the aisles and count the miles, peering ahead, waiting, waiting, waiting for the Station.

“Yes, when we reach the Station, that will be it!” we promise ourselves. “When we’re eighteen. . . win that promotion. . . put the last kid through college. . . buy that 450SL Mercedes-Benz. . . have a nest egg for retirement!” From that day on we will all live happily ever after.

Sooner or later, however, we must realize there is no Station in this life, no one earthly place to arrive at once and for all. The journey is the joy. The Station is an illusion–it constantly outdistances us. Yesterday’s a memory, tomorrow’s a dream. Yesterday belongs to a history, tomorrow belongs to God. Yesterday’s a fading sunset, tomorrow’s a faint sunrise. Only today is there light enough to love and live.

So, gently close the door on yesterday and throw the key away. It isn’t the burdens of today that drive men mad, but rather the regret over yesterday and the fear of tomorrow. Regret and fear are twin thieves who would rob us of today.

“Relish the moment” is a good motto, especially when coupled with Psalm 118:24, “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

So stop pacing the aisles and counting the miles. Instead, swim more rivers, climb more mountains, kiss more babies, count more stars. Laugh more and cry less. Go barefoot oftener. Eat more ice cream. Ride more merry-go-rounds. Watch more sunsets. Life must be lived as we go along. The Station will come soon enough.

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Tim Rogers 2 years, 3 months ago

Great little set, I love the feeling of movement in #1 and the feeling of speed in #5

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Antonio Gil Replied to Tim Rogers 2 years, 3 months ago

Thanks Tim. I tried to give them a bit more "action".

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Aniket Pant 2 years, 4 months ago

#4my favourite of this series. I can just feel the crunch as the locomotive couples to the train and anticipate the departure!!

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Antonio Gil Replied to Aniket Pant 2 years, 4 months ago

I like that interpretation my friend. Thank you

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- Kim - 2 years, 4 months ago

Great photos!  The sense of movement totally make sense with the subject of the series.

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Antonio Gil Replied to - Kim - 2 years, 4 months ago

Thanks for noticing it dear Kim.

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Stephanie Hyde 2 years, 4 months ago

Love the sense of movement in these...especially #5

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Antonio Gil Replied to Stephanie Hyde 2 years, 4 months ago

Trains means movement. Thanks a lot Stephanie

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Francesc 2 years, 4 months ago

Excellent work about trains...Fantastic compositions

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Antonio Gil Replied to Francesc 2 years, 4 months ago

So glad you've liked it. thank you smiley

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Amy Daniels 2 years, 4 months ago

I'll take the train any day. There's so much to see

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Antonio Gil Replied to Amy Daniels 2 years, 4 months ago

Indeed there is. That's why the trip I've made after this one included trains station

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Berckmans Peter 2 years, 4 months ago

Love trains #1 is favourite.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 4 months ago

Trains are a great photo subject. Thanks my friend

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Helen Hooker 2 years, 4 months ago

Fascinating set - I love the sense of speed in nos.1 & 5

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Antonio Gil Replied to Helen Hooker 2 years, 4 months ago

Thank you Helen.

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Old Monk 2 years, 4 months ago

Thoroughly exquisite images... mainly that B&W lone engine... I love that..
And then come the beautiful writing, filled with zeel and motivation. 
!!!!! Cudos +1camera

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Antonio Gil Replied to Old Monk 2 years, 4 months ago

Thank you so much my friend. smiley

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Jay Boggess 2 years, 4 months ago

I get kind of depressed when I know a long road trip will be soon at an end......so, the poem is my anthem!
Thanks for the validation of my restless spirit, Amigo! Train tracks, highways, bus stops, train stations, airports, seaports & horizons always make me restless to just GO!!!
Your fine images really got me going!

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Antonio Gil Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 4 months ago

You've made my day dear friend. Thank you so much for your kind words Jay

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Jay Boggess Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 4 months ago

I'm glad to hear it, Amigo!
Your fine images & thoughtful poems & musical selections keep my heart happy & my mind inspired!
Rock On!!!

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Becky Brannon 2 years, 4 months ago

#5 -  love the effect

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Antonio Gil Replied to Becky Brannon 2 years, 4 months ago

Thanks Becky, I now know the work paid off smiley

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