I have been quite fortunate in life to have forged a career which led me to be able to travel. Growing up, I never would have fathomed the amount of places I have been able to visit. I grew up poor in the South Bronx where a lot of individuals often didn’t make it past a 20 block radius. I won’t go through my history but being labeled gifted helped me get on the path on which I have journeyed career-wise and travel-wise (literally).
Because of my career-path, I have been able to travel extensively and also accumulate many miles and hotel points. I have also lived in 23 cities. It actually may be more by now. I stopped counting a few years back. I have been able to experience, as a result, many cultures. I have been a cultural diplomat, of sorts.
And, in all my travels both domestically and internationally, I have dreamt of sleeping and going to all 50 states in the United States. This year, I was determined to meet a major life goal. I didn’t want the pandemic to stop my dreams.
Hence, today I write to you from the glorious state of Alaska. By being here today, I have reached the 50 state club. I have been to all 50 states and what a journey it has been. Growing up, I wanted to explore more than the Bronx. And, early on in life I got the fabulous opportunity to live abroad in Spain. Since then I have had wanderlust.
The most important part of this, however, is that I set a life goal and I have achieved it. This life goal may not be for everybody. However, it was mine. And, I am grateful to all who helped me along the way to achieve it.
Now, why did I come to Alaska in December instead of the summer on a cruise. Because, I was going all in, hard-core. My life has never been easy. And, that’s ok. I always try to make the best of things.
With that, I sure hope I don’t get frostbite. And, I’m somewhat hoping Sarah Palin will reach out to me.
Here’s to achieving life goals.