One year ago today, I got on an airplane.

By April 2nd, I’d landed in France.

On April 3rd, I started walking across the Pyrenees towards my destination on the Spanish coast.

Today working at home I’m struck by how much has changed in just a single year.

None of us are getting on airplanes to fly across the country, never mind around the world.

My college reunion, the Kentucky Derby and March Madness are all cancelled.

The Camino has been closed as Spain struggles to manage the virus and citizens are instructed to stay home for their own safety.

Our family lost someone who helped hold us all together, no matter how far from Kentucky we would stray.

Last year I closed one professional chapter and now am writing a new one, trying to hire employees and raise capital for a startup.

The world will get through this crisis. We’ll all change and adapt to a “new normal” after a reminder of how fragile everything truly is. Our lives are a delicate interplay of people, systems, services, and technology. Something as simple as a virus can bring it all to a screeching halt.

When we’re all free to walk the world again find your own Camino. Take the time while you have it to enjoy the beauty and wonder of our world with all its diversity of people, cultures and landscapes.

Because you just don’t know what will happen next year.

Published by Steve Banfield

Kentucky born, Seattle based. Entrepreneur. Team Builder. Photographer.

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