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I shot a coworker’s son’s first birthday over the weekend and couldn’t help but notice that every single kid there (ages ranging from newborns to two- or three-year-olds) had wide-eyed, mouth-agape looks on their faces. Every single thing they saw, from balloons to toys to jingling car keys, fascinated them endlessly.

I have to admit, I was a little jealous. I wish I could walk around with that sense of newness, the wonder that comes from seeing everything for the first time.

I think that’s part of why I’m so desperate to get out and see as much of the world as possible. Everything out there is so new, so alien. There’s only so much you can experience through your television, no matter how high the resolution. At a certain point you need to get out and see it first hand with a wonder not felt since childhood.

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