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Traveling For Perspective
ROBYN BERKLEY

Last minute travel always makes me feel alive again. No matter what’s bothering me, that fresh perspective seems to be the cure.

It seems so simple, but forward motion just invigorates me. There is so much out there waiting to be experienced and every moment I have is so important. Time goes so fast; sometimes it’s nice to stand still and watch it go by.

Whether wandering exotic retreats or architecturally inspiring cities, there is always something to learn about oneself through special moments of exploration. A close friend once shared a quote that forever stays with me because it sums everything up: “Sometimes you travel to find yourself and other times to lose yourself; I like to travel for both.” Every trip has its meaning and place in one’s life. And, for me at least, the chance to travel always seems to present itself at the most opportune, necessary times.

About a year ago, I took a trip to Jamaica. Though it’s obviously quite a popular destination, nothing too out of the ordinary, the journey was one that commanded my attention. It really was a flashing sign instructing me to slow down. The trip came up out of nowhere, which is always the most fun. I had been working so much and my mind and body needed a rest. Apparently, if I wasn’t going to listen to the obvious signs that I needed a break, I would be transported to an island that would force me to take some time for myself. Why not Jamaica? Rich with culture and defined by its relaxed lifestyle and beautiful landscape, the tropical escape gave me the chance to reconnect to myself.

Nature, for me, is where it all begins—from the palms trees and flowers to the water, coral, shells and sand. I never feel more at home and present than in those simple, magical and oh so meaningful moments when surrounded by this type of natural beauty.

Life is about spontaneity and embracing that present moment. Leaving my comfort zone and immersing myself in a new space can make all of the difference when it comes to moving forward. I think that’s true for many of us: When we are transported somewhere different, we appreciate what life has to offer. Afterward, we can go back to our lives and be that much better, accepting the fact that change is a constant.

As the Dalai Lama wisely said: “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.”

It makes all the difference for a fresh perspective.