Always be ready for Paris

About a week ago I realized that my passport had expired at the end of February.  And I immediately had a panic attack.  What if I needed to cross the border into Canada or Mexico?  What if suddenly someone wanted to whisk me away to Paris or Argentina?  What if I just wanted to take a quick flight to the Bahamas?

Now I know there are lots of people out in the world who don’t have passports.  And I know it isn’t necessary to leave this country to have a wonderful vacation or travel to places I’ve never been.  But a passport to me means freedom, and I value freedom more than most things in life.  I don’t want limits to my life.  And not being able to go where I want to go when I want to go limits me.  Even if I don’t choose to take advantage of it.  I’ve had a passport since I was 18 years old, and I don’t intend to give up the privilege now.

I realize that travel for some may seem like a luxury, but for me it’s a necessity.  So today I slipped over to the UPS Store and had a passport picture taken (pleasantly better than the last one, which could have been mistaken for a mug shot), and tonight I’m filling out my paperwork and mailing it off tomorrow.  And I’ll sit by the mailbox until it comes, in 6 weeks or so.  Let’s just hope I have no international travel emergency before then.

Oh, and if you don’t have a passport, get one.  Even if you never use it, never go anywhere outside your home state, you’ll always know you can, and that is empowering.

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2 responses to “Always be ready for Paris

  1. I need to do this…thanks for the reminder! Sidney Poitier could show up any minute to take me to Geneva!

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