I recently accepted a new job at a local travel agency, and for this I had to write a biography. Sounds pretty straightforward doesn’t it? I’m a writer at heart, so it should be simple.
That’s when I started looking at photos from trips gone by. Suddenly I completely lost track of time… three hours later my tea is cold and I’ve barely put two sentences on paper! And yet I was having absolutely the best time looking at photos from trips with my children and trips with my best friends. That’s when I truly realized the impact of travel on my life and the significant memories I’ve made away from home.
All of these travel experiences with my children and the resulting photos are priceless to me. Some of the best experiences of my life.
That trip down memory lane also made it crystal clear for me why I want to go and work for a travel agency and help people plan trips. Because through this work I can contribute to shaping wonderful memories and life experiences through travel for others.
I’m not a doctor, I’m not an accountant and I’m not a teacher. I can’t contribute to people’s lives in ways that they can, however I certainly can contribute in a meaningful way through planning travel. That to me, is also a worthwhile contribution. And frankly, I can’t wait to dive in!
You might note in my bio here at SheTalksTravel that I list myself as a former restauranteur now. It’s true. After more than a decade in my own diner, I sold it! It wasn’t an easy decision but I felt like I’d accomplished everything I set out to do with the business and it was time to move on to new challenges. I loved my restaurant and my neighborhood and frankly being the boss allowed me to go off and travel (sometimes on short notice). So that was definitely a perk.
I will paraphrase from an Ashton Kutcher speech to say that every job is a stepping stone to your next job. And every life experience along the way, is valuable and is actually training you for what is yet to come. And then….. when the time comes for you to move on, you have to recognize it and make that leap.
Cheers! ~ Cathie