Zadar. Beautiful historic city situated by the Adriatic Sea. It is the oldest continuously inhabited Croatian city, and today with a population of more than 70.000 people it forms the fifth biggest city in the nation.
Photo taken by my friend @chileantraveller.
To me, it is a city where my uncle used to take me while I stayed at his summer house on the island nearby, and a city where I got my very first job as a tourist guide/representative and animator.
Not far from Zadar, there is one of many Croatian national parks named after the river Krka which encloses it. I was thrilled to find out we are taking our group of tourists to this park, mostly because it is a place where my grandpa (may he rest in peace) took my grandma to one of their honeymoon trips.
Little did I know that by the end of this day I am going to be crushed.
Just before we were about to depart from our hotel one of our tourists got a call from her husband with news that her mother passed away. Seeing that lady so devastated, figuratively speaking, killed me too. The dark clouds have rolled over us and for the rest of the day all we have talked about was death. As we were driving to the national park we witnessed a severe motorbike crush. Another tourist from our group shared her life story with us – some years ago she buried her son, her husband and just few weeks ago her grandson too. The other woman lost her husband four years ago after thirty years of marriage. Now that her daughter is married and living somewhere else, she is left alone. I heard these any many other heart-breaking stories that day.
So, why I am talking about this? Simply because I want you to appreciate all the little things in your life. Every smile, every handshake, every “thank you” and “have a nice day”. You never know when it is going to end. I want to believe there is enough justice on this world. I want to believe that everything is happening for a reason. That reason can be just to teach us a lesson or to make us better us.
Call your loved ones today. Call them right now, actually. Tell them how you feel about them. Do not let that day when it is going to be too late ever come.
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