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Empower Yourself Through Travel - A Message To Jessie
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Empower Yourself Through Travel  -  A Message to Jessie

Dear Jessie,

Pain. Such a small word with such a big meaning. Sometimes there's just too much depth, too much emotion and too much hurt in that short word. Too much that we retreat into a world of drugs, of alcohol, of unhealthy relationships; a world of substance abuse. Why? Oh, I know why - it makes the pain fade. I don't feel pain when I'm on a high; I feel energized, I feel powerful, I feel exuberant. But then I think about it. True, the pain fades, but it doesn't go away. I feel high, but I don't feel good. I feel energized, but that energy goes to waste. The substance only turns me against myself. It numbs me. It turns me into someone I'm not.

And you wonder why I hate it? Why it bothers me that you do this stuff? It’s because I miss you! The real you. The wonderful person you are, the one hidden behind a façade.

People wonder what I know about life. They say that I can’t understand. That I don’t get it. That I can’t imagine what they’ve been through. What do they assume? That my life’s been roses and daisies? That I’ve had no struggles? But, what they don’t know is that I understand! Boy, do I get it! Kind of like - been there, done that. I know what it means to get hurt and to escape from those feelings; to hide so as not to deal with life; to become a world class actress so no one knows.

Being hurt changes people. For the better or unfortunately, sometimes for the worse. I’ve chosen to take my experiences and the cards I’ve been dealt and use them to teach others to play the game, to reap rewards, to become winners. And then there are those like you who’ve learned that by playing this game, they get hurt. That there are crooks in the world, who are out to get you, to tear you down. The crooks are the ones who cheat in the game, pretend to be honest players, but who pull the carpet from under your feet, grab the money and run. And when you allow yourself to believe the world is full of people like these, you run and hide. You do this so as not to give the crooks a chance to cause more damage, to inflict more pain.

But, you’re making an obvious mistake. Go check the statistics. The crooks are few and far between. That’s not to say they don’t cause waves, but most people aren’t like them. Most are the real deal. Don’t let the few phonies make you believe that the world is a dishonest place. You show them, prove to everyone that you can have your money stolen, your game destroyed, your life shaken up and still come out on top! Show them. If you give in and hide, they’ve won. But, you’re a winner. So, act like one. Show them who’s real!

Travel. It's not an order, it's just a suggestion. It's taken time, but I've come to accept myself and my situation and to acknowledge that I am not in charge of the course my life takes. However, what I have learned is that I am in total control of how I choose to deal with that course of life. And I have decided that I will enjoy it! I will take full advantage of unique, exciting and yes, sometimes challenging opportunities that come my way.

Traveling affords me with downtime to think, reflect and introspect (airplane and train rides...); traveling offers me experiences I would never have otherwise been granted had I chosen to stay within my comfort zone (volunteering in a camp for Russians in Moscow and hiking to get an aerial view of Edinburgh, Scotland); traveling provides me with a love of nature and history. Traveling is a way for me to connect with myself, with others and with G-d. Traveling helps me grow and become the person I was intended to be by providing me with the medium to do so.

With a positive attitude and a healthy dose of risk taking, I can empower myself through travel and turn my life into an adventure. And so can you.

I love you, I miss you and I'm waiting for you to come home!

Love, Stephanie


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