"The true purpose of education is to teach a man to carry himself triumphant to the sunset." - Liberty Hyde Bailey
As I return from my twelve day voyage of exploration, I have begun to understand what many voyagers have said before me. Travel is indeed an opportunity to explore new places and meet new people, but it is even more an opportunity for inner exploration and growth.
The sunset metaphore is appropriate, I think. The return home is indeed a sunset, an ending to a chapter. There is time now for rest and reflection, and as with every sunset the promise of a bright sunrise and the dawn of a new day.