It’s been a week, to say the least, but the news of two celebrity suicides is just a big S.O.S. sign, to be frank. Society has become too jaded and busy keeping up with all the wrong “influencers.” We see it with blogs and social media too. I’m very sensitive to this when thinking about travel.
There are serious mental health issues for professionals to address. I’m not delving into that because it’s outside of my arena but as someone who writes about travel, I’m careful to share an honest perspective on where I go and what I’m able to fit into a trip. I don’t spend time editing and photoshopping pictures to build a massive Instagram following. If you want to go somewhere I’ve traveled, I can only hope you will see the beauty in it as I saw it (not some fake version of the natural beauty I saw with my own eyes). Trust me, it’s always better in real life anyway. Book the ticket if you get the chance! Ask questions if you’re genuinely curious about a place. I don’t even get caught up in the major magazines because I don’t think they are considering those who aren’t affluent. Who stays at the Four Seasons or Park Hyatt for every trip? And honestly, if you really want to, we need to chat about what you’re missing out on.
I know I’ve shared this on Instagram before but several years ago, I was quite comfortable in my job and preparing to spend a few weeks in Greece. About a month and a half before I was set to fly to Athens, my company did a big layoff. My position was cut. I didn’t have a plan B. I could’ve hit a low point (and I understand how/why people do). I am not quite sure how I mustered the gusto to put one foot in front of the other but, I applied for a few positions and started a new job in two weeks. I went to Greece and had the experience of a lifetime. It’s a blog post. ☺️ My point in sharing that tidbit is this: life is going to have its peaks and valleys, but just keep going. I’m willing to bet anyone you reach out to has some kind of story.
Also! I am really amazed at the Chrissy Teigen’s and another blogger (or reformed blogger) ResortRockSugar because both are giving a real-life look at motherhood and pregnancy (in that order). It’s not just glitz and glam. And both women receive positive feedback because their honesty is relatable.
Not every moment in life will be this picture perfect snapshot, but those imperfect moments are worthwhile too. Enjoy them. Talk to your friends and loved ones. And be there for your friends and loved ones because that’s half the battle. Everyone needs someone willing to listen and help if they have the courage to speak up. We are all doing the best we can (or I hope anyway), so just keep going!