Regrets. I’ve had a few.
Shortly after college graduation, several of my best journalism school buddies planned an amazing trip to Greece. I was one of the lucky few of my peers already working full time as an editorial assistant at Vanderbilt University here in Nashville. I was long on overtime and short on vacation days and cash, which is, hello, ironic since I was gainfully employed but I think I was making about $19,000 back in 1992 when I first started working full-time. I decided to pass on the trip. I’d also passed on a trip to Ireland with some of the same friends while I was in school. I thought, “Oh some day I’ll make it to Europe. The timing just isn’t right. Some day will be a better time for travel.”
I’m 40 years old and I’ve never been to Europe.
This is why if you’re young and single I will always encourage you to travel and see the world.
Now I’ve been to some great vacation destinations in the U.S. with my family and I’ve started traveling more for blog opportunities, so I can’t complain. When I was a little girl my family vacationed in Jamaica. I’ve also been to Puerto Rico, but Ireland and Greece are on my list of missed opportunities.
Last summer I talked and talked, which is no big feat for me if you know me in real life, about riding the zip line at Sandestin while we were on vacation.
We headed home after a week without me doing that damn zip line. The girls even asked, “Mommy, why didn’t you do it?”
Last week Miss C and Miss A both attended an amazing performing arts camp at church. Miss C came home Wednesday, sat down at the kitchen table, and tearfully admitted she’d been to afraid to audition for a solo singing or speaking part. I explained to her that sometimes we just have to seize the moment, get over our fears, and go for something when an opportunity comes our way. I encouraged her to talk to the counselors and go for it if there was another chance to try out.
Friday night we sat in the audience beaming with pride as she conquered her one line, “Off to Neverland!”
On stage she was Peter Pan for about 10 seconds. But she gained about a year in maturity.