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Don’t Regret Not Traveling

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It’s July 4th, 2016 and I think a lot about my own personal independence on this day.

In 2011 we wanted to travel more. We had furbabies so our travels would be in the US and we’d use an RV to get around. We spent most of 2011 and 2012 planning it all out from getting rid of our stuff, to figuring out what kind of RV to buy. By the end of 2012 we finally got on the road.

After two years, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. While going through all the emotions, you think about your recent past. One of my first thoughts was how grateful I was for our travels.

From The Grand Canyon to the Florida Keys, we crossed off several items from our bucket list.

It’s so easy to get stuck in this mindset that we have all this time on our hands and we can plan everything out with no snags.

But the reality is that those snags are everywhere. And if you think you can wait until everything lines up just right, it might not happen for you.

Below is the entry I wrote on November 25, 2012- exactly two years before my diagnosis.  It’s interesting to read how nervous I was and how nervous you might too.

But it was so worth it.

 

 

Change

By Felix Burton (Flickr) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Change is funny. You think you want it, make great strides to affect it, then when change is in motion, you start to second guess yourself.Push through this insecurity.  The fun and excitement is on the other side.This is just fear trying to keep you where you are because even if you aren’t happy, at least you know that you can handle your current situation.This is what I am telling myself this week as we work towards having the garage sale and selling off all of our possessions.  The little voice inside who is afraid of change is really coming out and throwing a tantrum.  It is taking all I can to keep it moving forward because I know that is where the growth is.

If you want to travel more, do it. Keep plugging away at your plan and make it happen. Surround yourself with supportive people who can help make it happen and enjoy the ride.

 

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