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As I pack the final shirts and toys in our bag for Paris, my heart is both so ready to go, and so torn at the same time. I’m trying to write about travel deals or reviews of hotels before we go, but just keep thinking about the message that life is sometimes all together too short, and while miles and points are a renewable resource, time is not.
This day started in an excited way as I had gotten home from a work trip while my daughter slept overnight. She was excited to see me as the day started, we practiced our (horrible) French, and got checked into our flights. As we were still snuggled in bed relaxing on the precipitous of the adventure that was soon to come, my dad came over early with some news that one of his best friends had unexpectedly passed away overnight.
I suppose once folks reach a certain age this isn’t a unique occurrence, but it is one that when it happens out of the blue will still take all of the wind out of your sails, and the breath out of your throat. In its place is a lump and a heaviness that envelopes your soul. You know it could have been anyone, and that one day it will be everyone that you know, including yourself. While losing this close family friend would have naturally been a blow on any day of the year, this happened to occur on the first full day of my mom’s first adventure to Europe. He and his wife are my mom’s close friends as well, and I knew all too well that my mom will feel a strong pull to be here once the news reaches her. Even if she physically is not here, I’m sure some of her heart will be.
My heart hurt knowing the news that was waiting for her in her inbox that will undoubtedly change the tone of her trip once she reads it. My heart knowing my dad was here alone to wade through the shock and sadness that comes with these type of events. Naturally my heart also for the family that lost their gregarious patriarch.
I don’t yet know exactly how this very sad occurrence will impact my mom’s big adventure, but I do know that regardless of the timing that couldn’t have been predicted, I’m glad she took the trip. My parents are very diligent about taking their “Bucket List” trips, and I’m most thankful that miles and points enable them to take some adventures now that they otherwise might not yet have gotten to. Heck, even being in your 30’s as my husband and I are doesn’t exempt you from illnesses and other unexpected happenings that can limit or eliminate your ability to travel overnight, so I am also grateful for the trips I am able to take now.
I don’t know when my life and traveling will come to an end, and hopefully that end is still quite a long way down my journey. However, I do know that I don’t have regrets about what I didn’t yet get to do, or didn’t yet get to see. Miles and points (and a supportive family) have enabled me to not make a list of things I want to do “someday”, but instead live life doing those things yesterday, today, and God willing, tomorrow.
Y’all life is short. Don’t put off the trips and other things you want to do longer than you have to. Take them now.