By Vera Koo, Women’s Outdoor News, Published February 10, 2015

I have a philosophy about opportunities. Opportunities are fleeting. When one arises, you should be careful not to miss it.

You might never feel like the time is perfect to act on an opportunity. Opportunities can pop up at any time. You might feel like you are not ready when they come, and when you feel you are ready, they might never come. Yet, whether you feel ready or not, if you see an opportunity, you should grab it. Otherwise, you will miss your chance and might never get another one.

My philosophy about opportunities explains my fall trip to India. I left Oct. 27 for the 3-week trip. I had given the idea of traveling to India little thought until a friend asked me if my husband and I would be interested in going. I soon became excited about the idea.

I will be turning 70-years old in about 2 years. At the time of the trip, I was healthy and able to travel. I need to go on these trips while I am still able. Although my husband did not care to make the trip, he supported me going — as long as I went with other friends. So I went with a young married couple and we all joined a very reputable tour group to visit India to see the Taj Mahal and other treasures of India.

After first being presented with the idea, I learned more about India. As I increased my knowledge about the country, I looked forward to seeing it even more. India houses many beautiful structures, such as the Taj Mahal. We also planned a trek to a national park and made plans to attend the annual Pushkar Fair, a major festival at which camels and other livestock are bought and sold. In addition to the attraction of seeing the livestock, the fair features various competitions (Editor’s note: such as the longest moustache and a bridal competition).

This trip offered me an opportunity to experience the art, the culture and the history of another country. Such trips have been rewarding in the past.

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