Just hear me out here...
So I know things are getting a little intense with All. The. News. focusing on coronavirus right now. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely share in the concern over the loss of life and the illnesses that people have incurred. But I also choose to look at things a little bit differently.
Do you know how many hundreds of thousands of people die yearly from the ‘regular’ flu? Did you know that cancer killed over 30,000 people last year? Did you know that a guy at the mall was just killed from a disagreement over a parking space? Do these tragic occurrences keep us locked up inside our homes hoarding a lifetime supply of hand sanitizer and toilet paper? I just can’t quite wrap my head around why Coronavirus is taking such precedence when tragic things happen everyday that don’t cause such giant shifts in our behavior and mindset. It’s sad to me that the news is instilling so much fear in people. And why is this? I’m not really a conspiracy-theory type person, but one really has to wonder… why? Where’s the perspective? What happened to ’just the facts’?
I admit I've been known to be (just a tad) bossy, but when it comes to travel and my clients I can’t really tell people what to do. Everybody’s situation is different. People have different factors that sway their decisions, and it’s up to each individual to make the decision that is right for them. And no judgement here either. I totally understand if people feel that holding off on travel right now is the best decision for them, and I will 100% support that. But if asked would I, personally, travel now? Hell yeah… If I could get on a plane tomorrow, and go on a real live vacation, I absolutely would. Right now I'm dreaming about white sandy beaches, cool breezes, island vibes, a luxurious spa, and drinks all day. I love my vitamin Sea!
But I know we all have different circumstances, different thresholds that guide our decisions on a daily basis. But do you know what guides MY decisions?? Life. Is. Short. Everything changed for me when I lost my very best friend, like the BEST of best friends, 8 years ago. A beautiful, perfectly healthy person that I had just seen a month prior. No warning. Nothing. I had JUST talked to her on the phone 2 days before. She was the healthiest person I knew. But she died. Suddenly. Tragically, she died. And besides being absolutely and completely out of my mind devastated, it truly sunk in that Life is Short… It really is. You have got to seize each and every day, because you just never know.
And some people have told me that I’m ‘brave’ because I travel. And I’ve traveled as a solo woman frequently as well. Hell, my first solo trip was to Africa (for realz). But I guess I just don’t view it that way. I’m no braver than anyone else. We all have things that inspire us. Dreams that we hold dearly. Experiences we want to have. That’s what life is all about. Family. Friends. Life Experiences... Life is short.
I’m sitting here writing this at 47 years old. Some may say ‘oh you’re still young’ and some people younger than me would say ‘yikes, girl you're old!’. And yeah, some days I do feel old, like I won't be able to get it all done. Gina was young when she died. Just 2 months after her 40th birthday, and she still had so many things she wanted to do. So ever since then, I try to treat every day as a big huge ginormous gift. I love life, and she did too. One of my favorite trips I went on was a cruise with her. Just us. So many memories on that trip that I will cherish forever. I will never stop traveling. I will never stop taking ‘risks’ in life. I will never stop making those memories through travel.
I still have a million things on my bucket list…. Hot Air balloon ride in Africa, hang gliding off table mountain, overwater bungalow in the Maldives, overwater bungalow in Tahiti, cruise in the Seychelles, relaxing beach vacation(s) ALL over the Caribbean, more trips to Europe, Jazz festival in Montreux, Virgin Voyages cruise (Yaasss!), wellness in Bali, northern lights in Iceland, see the tortoises in the Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu and the Inca trail, go back to Costa Rica, visit the Gorillas in the mist, cruise to Antarctica, fly in First Class… I could literally go on and on. I may not get to do all these things, but damn I’m gonna try.
From a weirdo, earthy girl who believes that we can conquer anything we put our minds to, try not to buy into the hype. Do what is best for you, what inspires you. Life is short. There are lots and lots and lots of great, beautiful, amazing places in this world to travel to. Just ask a travel advisor!
Be well. Wash your hands. Live your life. Turn off the news.