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Do Not Let Them Win…

Do Not Let Them Win… I have been sitting at my computer for days trying to finish up my thoughts on Asia, and I will, but… I keep going elsewhere in my mind, and so that is what I am going to write about instead.

My phone the last few days has been receiving texts, and calls worried about me, and about my son in the Military, and about the world in general. Russia is flying planes near our Alaska base in Anchorage daily, there was another shooting in Paris on the Champs-Elysees, and unfortunately we all know these events were not the first and will not be the last.

I am a mother of 4. Everything I do brings a good or a bad consequence upon not just me, but my husband, children, and extended family as well.

I love to travel. I love the exhilaration of being in a new place and the thrill of experiencing new things. I love the new people I meet, and all the new ways of daily living that I get to observe.

So, Here is the question…. Do we travel knowing there is a risk in the places we visit?

I believe the answer is an overwhelming YES.

I listen to the conversations among so many of my friends questioning one another about the places we go, and I wonder…

Is Dubai safer than Orange County, California? Is Egypt more dangerous than New York City? Should I be going to Cuba?

Here is the thing… I am a Christian. I believe in a Heavenly Father that is aware of me, my family, my friends, and I believe, each of you.

I know that accidents can happen anywhere.  I live in one of the safest places in the US, and accidents still happen here everyday.

We cannot let the news, our frantic friends, and family stop us from living our lives. I am not saying to run into a war zone, and expect to walk out safely, but I am saying to weigh the outcomes.

Will your trip be a blessing to you and your family? If the answer is yes, then you have to leave fear behind, and walk forward with your focus on all the good that will come from your experience.

Unfortunately, terrorism has become a reality. There are tensions among many Nations right now as power shifts between leaderships. This has been going on from the beginning of time in some form or another, the news has just made it very available to us in our daily lives.

One thing I am learning as a military mom, is that what is broadcast on the news is not always the case. I literally thought last week that my son was suited up defending his life, and our country, by the news being reported, and my friends transfer of information to me.

Truth was, he was sitting in his room eating lunch with a friend. There were no sirens going off on base, and he was not in a rush to go to war.

Just like flying in a Commercial Jet Plane, we are being taken care of by a lot of people all over the world, who specialize in what they do. We cannot guarantee they will prevent every tragedy, but I know they are doing their very best, and in perspective, winning!

So…. Be informed on where you are going, but do not let daily events, or fear be the deciding factor.

*Don’t watch the news before you travel. I personally have given up the news since my son joined the Army. I do not need to spend everyday dwelling on what can happen in the future, but choose to focus on what I want to happen in the future instead.

*Research your locations. Book Safe Hotels in Safe Areas

*Register with STEP, and know where the Embassy is in the country you are visiting.  https://step.state.gov   (The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

*Prepare a Trust for your family (when we did this, I shouted Hooray!! It is such a relief to know our Children, and our Assets are cared for)

And Then Go….

Last week, Lalani told of her trip to a soccer match in Germany. She was in the area of a terrorist event. I had friends at the Boston Marathon bombing years ago, and I lost a sweet little girl in our family to a brain tumor.

Things that suck happen! I refuse though, to sit around waiting for them, and thinking about what they might be.

You can take this year and live your dreams, or you can look back and wish you had taken this year to live your dreams.

Which is it??? I have no doubt that there will be trials in all of our lives, and that we will all, in some way be affected by the changing world.

I do know that everyday is precious, and we must live our lives to the fullest.

If living for you, brings with it a desire to travel, do it, don’t let anything, or anyone hold you back! I know, and have seen that There is more beauty in the world than Ugly. Let that be what drives your decisions and makes your memories!

Loves, Jen.

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Comments (2)

  1. I couldn’t agree more with your words and thoughts! The world is turning into a scary place but we must not live in fear. When we went to Egypt, Israel and Jordan we were warned by everyone not to go, specially my family who was frantic with our decision, but you know what? Nothing happened – Everything was perfectly fine. The people were more kind and friendlier there then many places we have visited around the world. We felt loved and welcomed. The media was so wrong and it opened my eyes to what you mentioned, you cannot believe everything they say. Such a great article and I hope it opens the minds of those who find themselves trusting in the media and their over sensationalist views of the world.

    1. Bel, Thank you. I am grateful for your comments. I find myself so often defending our decisions to travel, and love to find commonality in families like yours seeking the same amazing experiences for you family too:) I really would love to talk about your trip, it helped to ease some of my concerns about Egypt and moved it back up to the top of my places to visit. Have the best night/day!! Jen.

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