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When In Rome…Enjoy the Moment When You Travel

28 Aug

Dublin

Growing up my mother used to say “Enjoy the Moment.”

I’m pretty sure this was just her way of getting me to sit still. It allowed her to get a few more things done without me fussing about wanting to do something else.

But as I grew up and began to travel, those three little words stuck with me. And it has become my traveling mantra. I don’t wish myself somewhere else. I don’t compare the local pasta dish to my favorite Italian restaurant back home. I don’t wonder why they don’t do things the way we do them in America. I simply enjoy the moment.

So when my mother recently returned from a trip to Key West and I asked, “So how was it?” Her answer had me shaking my head.

She began by telling me this…

Grand Cayman

“I told my travel companions that my daughter has traveled the world and she always tells me to enjoy a place for what it is, not what I want it to be.”

And then she went on to tell me how hot it was (she lives in the South, she knows hot and she went to Key West in AUGUST!) Restaurants didn’t have air conditioning everything was open (um, hello, you’re in a beachy environment, I’d be more upset if things were all closed up). She got bored (one cannot possible be bored when exploring new lands).

I buried my face in my hands as she ended with saying “so it was really good to get home.”

Clearly, she didn’t enjoy the moment.

Oh Mom…

San Francisco

The most wonderful thing about traveling is getting to explore the unknown. Food you don’t normally eat. Activities you wouldn’t normally partake in. Sharing a laugh with new friends you made simply because you said “hello”. 

So as you set out for your Labor Day weekend travels, grab the local paper and see what the town has to offer in the way of activities. Staying at a B&B? Ask your host/hostess where they go when they want to kick back and enjoy a good meal. Spending time with family or friends? Ask them about their farmers market. What better way to say thank you than creating a meal for them with local produce. Get outside and enjoy the fresh air by hiking a trail or strolling through the arts festival. Take time to stop and smell the roses.

Seriously. 

See the roses.

Stop and smell them. 

You’ll be glad you did.

Ooh Ahh You Wish You Were A Senior

14 Jun

That’s what was written in shoe polish on the car in front of me this morning.

Through the lettering, I could see a perky girl sporting white sunglasses, bouncing along to the tunes blaring out her window. Her friend joining her in the chorus.

And I must say, it did give me pause. While we waited for that light to change from stop to go, it brought back memories of my high school days and graduation. The day that I thought a miracle would happen. I’d walk across that stage, go to my party, eat potato salad and then some kind of magic would occur. 

The reality was the next morning I got up, went to my grocery store cashier job, came home and did laundry.

Was this it?

Everyone makes such a big deal over graduating high school. And while it was a special day, the ones that followed were ho-hum.

And then I went off to college, spent a semester abroad, graduated, got a car, a place to live, a job and life REALLY began.

So while I might reminisce over the care-free days of being a high school senior, if I had the chance to tell my 18-year-old self what I know now here’s what I’d say…

You might think it’s just more of the same old, same old. But it won’t be. You’ll grow in ways you didn’t know were possible.

You will travel the world and that will change how you look at everything. It will be the single most amazing thing you’ll ever do.

Remember when you went to the theatre for the first time? At the tender age of 10, you’d tell your mother you want to do that one day in New York City.  And guess what? You will.

You’re an artistic person so you’re creative avenues will shift between different mediums. You’ll decide you enjoy writing and people will tell you that being a writer is a tough job. But you’ll do it anyway. You’ll have a weekly column in a newspaper, you’ll write articles for magazines and pen several books. You’ll be a playwright and your stuff will be produced in the big apple.  People will tell you it can’t be done. But you’ll say why not? And then you’ll just do it because…well…why not?

You thought you didn’t need a man. Relationships are great for having someone to be your date for holidays and things like weddings. Then one day, when you least expect it, a magnificent man will come out of no where, walk up and say “hi”.  Your world will be turned upside down and you won’t be able to imagine living one day without him.

While you always enjoyed the security of being close to mom and dad, you’ll move half way across the country and it will open doors for you in ways you never dreamed.

Most importantly, I’d tell Senior me that, while being 18 and graduating high school is pretty freakin’ awesome, you ain’t seen nothing yet!