I located an article through one of the awesome travel forums that certainly spoke to me. It is entitled Reasons Why The Unlucky Ones Travel by Melissa Giroux.
She opens with:
“They tell me that I’m lucky, I’m telling you that I am not.
It would be luck, if one morning, I notice that a stranger paid my debts when I would consult my bank account.
It would be luck, if someone calls me to offer me a free world tour.
Well, it is not the case.
They tell me that I’m lucky. My answer is simple. I chose to be happy.”
This is certainly the truth! People have told me time and again, you are so lucky to have gotten to travel everywhere you have been. In so many words.. yes, that is right, but then again, one has to look at the bigger picture. My sacrifice to be able to do all of these amazing things was to live in countries where we were bombed often. By taking the risk and potentially giving up my life for this great country, I did get to go, see, and do so many amazing things! I enjoyed what I was doing, but wow, do I not miss the burning trash floating through the sky, the impending rockets and mortars that would land in the back yard, and using port-a-potties or some variation. I did this to be able to afford the dream. There was absolutely nothing like getting on a helicopter and then a plane ride to land in Jordan or Dubai, being taken to a 4-5 star hotel and taking an actual bath for the first time in 4 months. Not wearing shower shoes and getting to put on this amazing, thick heavy robe, as room service was being prepared was my crack. I LOVED IT! I would get into the huge king sized bed and lay sideways and diagonally. After sleeping in a twin size bed with four sets of egg crate form laying on top, this was heaven on earth. War may have sucked, but the on after—so worth it! The places I’ve seen because of the sacrifices I made are memories that will be with me forever!
Thanks Melissa for telling it like it is! Enjoy all and Happy Travels!
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