A few days before I left for Thailand, the State Department issued a worldwide Travel Alert, effective until early next year. This worldwide alert followed the heartbreaking terrorist attacks in Paris. While we were traveling in Thailand, we found out that there was a terrorist attack in the county we live in. Waiting to check in for our flight back home, there was a news story released warning of a possible imminent terror attack on Thailand (specifically the city we were in listed as a possibility). Needless to say, traveling in the world’s current state is scary and unpredictable.
Therefore, one of my resolutions is two-fold but also very simple – to be happy and keep traveling. Before Thailand, I became fearful to continue traveling. I basically convinced myself that a terrorist attack would happen and for a day actually considered cancelling or postponing our trip. Of course, there is importance in being safe but I was being unreasonable. I contacted the embassy in Bangkok who assured me Thailand was a safe spot to visit and presented the same risk as if I stayed home (which sadly was more true than I thought). Yet for a moment I let fear creep in and prevent me from getting on that plane.
Traveling is what I love to do. Traveling is my passion. Traveling makes me happy. Why would I stop doing what makes me happy? If I had let my fear overcome me, I would have missed out on one of the most amazing experiences of my life in Thailand. The same goes for our upcoming trip. Although our trip will be after the travel alert has expired, who knows if another one will be issued. Who know if another terrorist attack will occur between now and then? I could live my life wondering ‘what if?’ but where would that get me? Tired from sleepless nights and regretting not traveling the world but that is about it. We do not know what is around the corner but I do know that I love to travel. Therefore, I will continue to travel and make myself happy this year and those to come. Life is too short to do anything else. Be happy and keep doing what does exactly that!
Tell me: Have you let fear stop you from doing something you love? How have you tried to overcome your fear?