My five items for the after life are all about the journey. I have chosen things that represent what I find most important to my travels. Here is a list of detailed descriptions of the objects and the rationale for including them.
1. Doggy Stuffed Animal
This was giving to me at birth. It is a dog because I was born on a Dog year of the Chinese Zodiac calendar. It is the only thing that I have had all my life and I would like to continue to have in my afterlife. In a way it is my life companion and I have brought it on many of my travels.
2. Lego Train
Legos are my favorite toy as it is infinitely reconfigurable to create anything of you imagination. My parents showed me this and placed it on a shelf as a reward for me when I get a straight A in 5th grade. I worked very hard to get it and I've cherished it ever since. It has been taken apart and reassembled multiple times and was not reassembled into its original train form until 3 years ago. The train is also important to me as I love trains and trains are my favorite way to travel.
As a holder of multiple passports and have always moved around. My passports have been a way that I identify myself. From the nationality written on the cover to the visas that have been stamped inside. It is a record of my travels and I way I identify myself culturally beyond the words written inside.
4. Yankees Cap
When I think back to my love of traveling and the journey over the destination. I think of the journeys with my dad when I was a child when we went to Yankees games together. I remember the long journeys that we took to get from New Jersey to the stadium and the various form of transportation we used to get there. I remember more of the journey that any other part of those trips.
5. Nikon F2
This durable camera has been with me on various journeys. And not just journeys across time and space, but also internal emotional journeys. I've alway believed that every photography says as much about subject in the photography and the photographer. I've always seen the photography process as a way for self reflection rather that to share what one has seen with others. This is especially true to me in processing analog film. Photography has been the way I learn about myself and the world. In a way I see the world though these lenses. This camera has been the main driver of that more than any other camera I have had.