The World Is Always Open, So Travel
"Life is a banquet, and most poor sons-of-bitches are starving to death!" Auntie Mame
That quote is one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite movies that has two versions: one starring Rosalind Russell and the other starring Lucille Ball. The movie is about an irreverent and eclectic aunt who teaches her nephew about the world through travel and friendship and together they have amazing life experiences which taught me at a very early age to live in the moment and savor each of them as they will never come again. I also learned that living in the moment is a quality that not everyone appreciates. (I learned that lesson again on a cruise that didn’t make two ports of call due to a series of unfortunate events, which didn’t bother me since I was already “Winging It From Winston”, but it did distress fellow cruisers.)
Today January 29 is National Plan For Vacation Day and my personal challenge to all of you is to plan TODAY to travel more so that you are able to discover more of who you are. Travel more to expand both your world and your mind. Travel actually builds bridges between cultures when we go with an open heart and an open mind with the purpose of learning. Travel out of curiosity of how other people live and to gain from their life experiences. Travel is the only experience that allows us to leave fuller in all of our senses than we were when we arrived. Also, I don’t want you leaving anything on the table this year with your employers. On average in North Carolina, employees forfeit 19,063,916 vacation days according to ProjectTimeOff.com. 705 million vacation days went unused in 2017. 705 million. That’s a massive amount of days to let expire. And they all went unused into the abyss of nevermore. All of the potential of discovering something new that has faded to black. If I sound a bit melodramatic, it’s because I am distressed at how little Americans value time off for fun. Not to take care of business or to catch up on housework. But for the pure enjoyment of engaging in an activity that brings you joy. 53% of people who planned their time off used all of their vacation time. 53%. Thats slightly more than half. Lets move the needle so that we can get more people vacationing for better overall health and quality of life.
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