I’m making a wish for myself today. Why not? It is my birthday. I am turning 48 years young and I am celebrating with my husband, my son and my daughter. This is not just any family gathering. One that is thrown together at the last-minute. We are on the road together, travelling around the world. To say this is a dream come true is an understatement of epic proportions.

I had previously hoped that we could do a trip like this around my 50th birthday. Spending some time in Italy, maybe France, for a couple of weeks. The reasonable amount of time which we all could spend away from school and work. A conventional and very achievable trip.

In two years, it is also going to be our 25th wedding anniversary. So the timing was just perfect for a family trip to celebrate all the big milestones. Well, now we need to think of some other way to mark that occasion because we jumped the gun and went big instead. I am so glad we did.

The timing could not have been better. While the year has not been easy for my teens, in terms of school work and missing their very busy social lives, it was possible. My son will be in grade 12 next year and that is not a good time to be abroad. Then he will leave us for music school. My daughter could technically do another trip before her high school career is over, but she has discovered that she is not a very good digital nomad. At least not at this point in her life.

Before we left, I wished we could be closer as a family. Now, as a result of travel, we have no choice. But I think we all agree that the good times have outweighed the bad. We have had the opportunity to get to know each other in a way that is simply not possible in modern families anymore. We have to be nice to each other. We can’t let whatever frustrations or stress we are experiencing spill over. We have to deal with stuff. I suppose it is like living in a tiny house. There is no room for people to be angry.

It is with this fresh new perspective that I make my wish. From a place of kindness, towards myself and others, for there is no reason to be any other way. I have been lucky beyond belief, with this travel opportunity and in most other areas of my life. Seeing some of the world with my own 2 eyes has given me a life long lesson in gratitude. A reservoir that I can dip into again and again.

While I always knew there was a value to travel, I could have never appreciated it fully, until I experienced it for myself. As Mark Twain so aptly wrote – “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” Those words have not lost their truth over time.

Did I say what my wish was? No, I did not. Was it purposeful? Yes. You can guess, or imagine what it might be from the words I have written. I think there is some kind superstition whereby if you speak your wish, it won’t come true? 

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Christine Westermark

I am a world traveller, lucky enough to have a loving family who support my dreams to learn, create and give back by designing creative content which enables a lifestyle we don't need a vacation from.

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