I could see with my inner vision the adventures that awaited up north along the Nam Ou river. Six hours of amazing scenery filled with majestic limestone karst formations lining the river side. Breathtaking vistas stretching as far as the eye can see. Childhood dreams being fulfilled and a heart being enlarged by wonder.
The slow boat started it's arduous journey upstreams. Without me. I watched them leave the dock right in front of me. Something small died inside of me. It was a hope I had nurtured for a few days. We were heading the other direction, away from my imagined adventure.
Letting go of unrealized expectations is a pivotal pilgrimage art. Let go of your expectations of what you thought would be and embrace what is. Live by the hope that the good you need will be given to you.