To be happy—that’s too complex to stereotype. We can perhaps agree though that it is quite easy to spot a happy moment when it’s staring back at you, difficult even to resist taking part in it.
Browsing through this year’s photos, we see beautiful sunsets and sunrises; we see turquoise seas and brown earth—for all these, we are thankful. But we also see people looking unequivocally happy doing everyday things—getting food, sitting under a tree, doing a day’s work. No uncomplicated I’m-going-on-an-adventure-today shiz.
This has been one of the best things about traveling to new places—it reminds us, time and again, that happiness comes in the simplest, most uncomplicated, and sometimes unexpected packages. To meet complete strangers and have them teach us this lesson on gratitude has been among the most incredible things about going out there, where, as Cesar Pavese said—
Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky
2013, it has been an amazingly happy journey.
All photos taken August 2013 in Malapascua, an island in northern Cebu province, Philippines, devastated by typhoon Haiyan.