Since my diagnosis, I’ve been a whole lotta places around the world. I’ve been living each day as if it were my last one and I’ve been checking things off my list. Last week was the end of my planned events. I’ve been pretty quiet on updates because I live in a small town and I’ve been doing my best to show that on the outside, things are just fine. When I first announced I had a brain tumor, I could feel people watching me to see how long I would last. Curiousity died down a bit on a local level since I’m still kicking. Two years later.
I have been having a BLAST. Life is amazing. Life is so much fun.
I’ve been able to share my travel experiences not just online, but with my friends and family members. I’ve been able to take my mom to Walt Disney World and surprise her by having my aunt meet us. The kids, hubby, and I took our first family cruise. My parents had been talking for years about wanting to visit Europe together and take their first cruise. Thanks to Carnival Cruise Lines, I was able to make that happen by bringing my parents along on the Carnival Magic, and was able to act as their personal photographer along the way.
Heck, I’ve been on Good Morning America. My daughter has become a travel writer herself, as a teen correspondent for Channel One. I was able to bring my son, a major Harry Potter fan, to Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. He’s also into video games and hasn’t ever been adventurous, but I watched him change this summer as he did some amazing adventurous activities that not even I would try. I even spent a romantic week with my husband in Hawaii thanks to VisitLanai. It was his first visit to Hawaii, a place on his list.
With a change in perspective, I’ve also gained a change in my outlook of people. I’ve been watching things from the outside and have to admit it’s quite entertaining. I’ve been able to see the games people play in public spaces, and I’ve been able to watch some really nice people do really good things, in a quiet way. And I’m soooo over the users. Seriously.
I’ve cancelled my trip to Blogher, because let’s face it, I didn’t get much out of it last year except a suitcase full of swag and I spent money that I would rather have spent on a trip with my family. Last year I passed by a table of women travel bloggers saying some really ugly things about me, and they didn’t even recognize me when I was standing right there listening. Yet they conversed as if they knew me personally. Was I back in 7th grade? I think that was the end of my romance with trying to fit in with any women’s blogging community.
I’ve stepped down from the board positions I’ve held in various organizations and I’m being very, very selective on the projects I take on at this point. I’m staying closer to home and find myself traveling more by car than by airplane. Air travel isn’t reliable anymore, and it’s become a complete pain in the behind.
This is my life now.
My body just can’t seem to keep up with my traveler’s soul and that dang tumor is still there, slowly growing. I’ve learned to be a bit more domestic and how to take it easy. I’ve had some wonderful afternoons lounging (and napping) on my Vino Couch, working on my fiction book and enjoying glasses of wine with my friend and neighbor, Paige. My house has become somewhat more organized and no longer has that borderline Hoarders look going on. I’ve also started running, which is a major feat for me, and I’m still working that full time job in the fire service. I’m writing more about cocktails, movies, and home cooking these days, even though travel is still my main passion.
Last week after an event in NYC, I sat in a Japanese soaking tub and cried. It was a happy cry because I was thinking of how fortunate I am to have such an unbelievable life. I met people who actually read my blogs and I mingled with some of the most amazing people, all who share a love of travel. It was inspiring.
It isn’t over for me by any means, but I’ve been there, done that. Now I’m back home again and plan to stay here for a while.
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