Behind the Scenes: On Top of the World
Right smack dab in the middle of life’s ordinary moments, things can be made extraordinary. It’s this marvelous sensation that has inspired me, for as long as I can remember, to write, and, most recently, has been the driving force behind videos like the one you see above. Shot in 10 days, Matt and I conceptualized, edited and critiqued the footage for more than a month, determining what exceptional moments should stay and which should go.
I came across “On Top of the World” while at work about two weeks prior to our trip to Switzerland. Ear buds in, Pandora on, the song’s verses seemed to rise and fall with the mountainous landscape I saw in my head. It was perfect. And Matt agreed.
When traveling, I joke that we two have a nasty habit of carrying our work with us – Matt is a professional photographer and videographer who has freelanced for ESPN, FOX and ABC. Me, on the other hand? A writer at my core, I have also recently started working as a part-time photographer in the travel industry.
Snapshots of our travels – be it through photos, words or, in this case, video – are part of the language we use to communicate our story, and the stories of so many others we’ve had the pleasure of meeting along our journey. Part of me sometimes thinks that documenting our travels in the way that we do also, in some way, proves to ourselves that we really did it – jumping out of helicopters, praying inside a Buddhist temple, navigating the treacherous terrain near the mouth of an active volcano – long after the post-travel tingle of a trip has worn off.
Already viewed in more than 50 countries around the world, I hope that this video will inspire you to get out there and, as Golda Meir, so expertly says: Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Enjoy!
Note: A special thank you to Skydive Interlaken and the Interlaken, Switzerland Facebook page for not only promoting, but believing in this video! We are so grateful for all your support.