In case you missed it, we found out that Andy has a cancerous tumor. If you need to, you can read up on all that here and then come back to this post.
Alright… now that everyone is up to speed, Andy and I are currently in Cartagena and we’re having an amazing time on our trip. The sun is shining, the water feels great and I have yet to see any critters in our hotel showers. Still, this trip, which was supposed to be a random little getaway (edit: it actually wasn’t random) ended up being much more than that and I thought I’d share my thoughts on all that in this week’s Friday’s Five Favorite Things post.
So here it goes… here are my five favorite things about being on a trip with a purpose such as this one. The purpose being a pre-surgery, get-our-minds-off-cancer trip.
1. The pressure is off.
Although I’m not as afflicted as some, travelers guilt is kind of a big deal. It’s usually the main reason why people wind up feeling like they need another vacation when they get home. The pressure of seeing everything there is to see can leave little time for relaxation.
That’s not really the case on this trip. We missed Zipaquira in Bogota. We’ll probably miss something here in Cartagena too. Oh well. Right now it seems more important to linger over lunch or take a nap amidst the sounds of some mid-day thunder storms. Such is life; I have no regrets.
2. Suddenly you find a little more wiggle room in the budget.
It’s no secret that Andy and I travel on a budget. Some may scoff at staying at a hotel with a shared bathroom or walking a bit farther instead of taking a taxi, but part of the reason we’ve been lucky enough to take all these trips is because we save where we can, when we can.
On this particular trip, things seem a little looser in the penny-pinching department.
3. Our minds are busy with things that don’t start with ‘C’.
Okay, well that might not be entirely true – after all, we are on the Caribbean in Cartagena in Colombia. Nevertheless, the big one, cancer, hasn’t been front and center in our minds and that feels good. No, not good. That feels great.
4. We’re working out our plan of attack.
So while we haven’t been dwelling too much on Andy’s cancer situation, we have been doing a bit of planning. We’re getting mentally prepped for taking this tumor on when we get home. What needs done pre-surgery, what will need done post-surgery and how we’re planning to tackle the world after recovery.
5. Okay, I lied.
I wrote most of this post earlier in the week and I was hoping that by publishing time I could come up a fifth reason. The truth is that this trip, like our life, would be better without cancer.
But sometimes life throws wrenches at you and expects you to make lemonade. Andy tells me that’s not how the saying goes – it’s either life gives you lemons or something throws a wrench in the plan. But even though lemons can be sour, they’re still better than cancer and wrenches are tools that you can use to not feel helpless. Right now we feel pretty damn helpless and I’m not sure a glass of lemonade, even if it is enjoyed at a charming Colombian café, is going to fix that.
But here’s to trying.