I recently had an international travel adventure that would only be considered off the beaten path. I spent a little over two weeks traveling through the North Pacific to the Republic of Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Guam with stops in Hawaii and Tokyo, Japan. To say it was amazing would be an understatement. It was a business travel trip and I would have never imagined visiting these places on my own (and truly except for Scuba divers, these are not tourist destinations. These are developing nations in every sense of the word.) Seriously, the places I visited during this trip (and things I tried) were so outside my view but here’s a mix of what I learned/accepted on this trip.
My children will survive without me. Oh, I missed my family and they missed me but we’ve all survived. It was a little harder than I expected but the space and time that I didn’t hover allowed me to spend time with my thoughts. I can relax a little on being a helicopter mom and enjoy my helicopter flights.
We should be more like children. All over the world, children like candy, to smile and play with anyone. It’s us adults who screw things up and start judging people or putting up walls. From the upscale resorts to the simplest living areas, when I saw children most of the time they smiled at me and they were happy. I’m going to try making smiling my default resting face. You have to determine what paradise looks like. I’ve seen some amazing sunrises/sunsets but if I showed them to you, we might all choose a different one. It’s a lot like life, I think THIS looks like the “right” way and you think THAT looks like the “right”. Guess what, unless we need to be paddling in a boat together, it’s okay to choose a different path. What’s not okay to choose someone else’s path to paradise because it looks like the “right” one or downplay someone else because they’re not on your path. Choose your own path and be happy with it. If it takes you a while to find it, that’s okay too; just don’t stop moving. Tread water if you have to but find your own paradise.
Summing it up, I had a remarkable adventure. I don’t think I will ever forget it. There was so much to see and take in as well as the work I was doing. Even the time difference was a huge challenge. I learned some very interesting things about world culture, US history and travel that I can’t want to share with my family and friends in person. I also took some wonderful pictures that I need to determine how to best share. Here are a few of my favorites. Come back soon as I’ll be sharing the rest.