The Journey Begins

Years ago, my family and I went on a vacation that took us to the island of St. Lucia. While on a guided tour, our very nice taxi driver whose name, very sadly, I have forgotten, stopped at the side of the road for us to patronize one of the vendors. Not really wanting to, my cousins and I opted to stay in the air conditioned van. This, however, was met with mild disapproval. After seeing us sitting in the van, he kindly opened the door and encouraged us to at least take a look. “Don’t miss your life,” he said to us.

It was so simple but it has guided me in the years since. When opportunities present themselves that seem challenging or out of my league, I remember his words and go for it. The worst that can happen is I miss the mark and learn a lesson.

And so, it is with those words that I embark on a two-week journey to Senegal. Excited and filled with butterflies, I go because opportunities like this don’t happen often. I refuse to be guilty of missing my life!

Thanks for joining me!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton


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