Over dinner last night, which was marked by my cousin’s brief homecoming from Quebec, the conversation centered around my mom’s and uncle’s adventures while traveling around the world. My grandfather had been a commercial pilot at a time when flying was at its most glamorous, and some of his children picked up his love for travel and adventure. My uncle B was fortunate enough to have accompanied my grandparents on many of their exotic trips, while my mom became a flight attendant and traveled the world for 30 years.
Somewhere in between conversations about air turbulence, bold (pun intended) adventures in Amsterdam, and discussions about transcontinental train rides and our upcoming itineraries, it hit me: I was born with wanderlust infused in my blood and soul! No wonder I was always restless, always dreaming of the next big adventure, always looking for a reason to take off and fly! It’s what my grandfather knew and loved; it was how my parents met; it was what sustained me and my siblings at the height of my mom’s career; it’s what we, as a family, still continue to dream about today.
While I believe that a person is more than the sum of his or her family’s background and circumstances, I also believe that being aware of one’s family’s history and shared passions can unlock many clues about one’s own path. For example, I know from the deepest core of my being (and my Happiness Tree confirms it!) that a certain amount and kind of travel is essential to my happiness; what I don’t know yet is how it will come to play for me in the months and years ahead.
As we bring back Discovery Monday here in Little Rich Girl, I invite you to look deeper into YOUR own family’s past and see what it has to say about your own present and future. 🙂