As we walked through Boston’s Lilac Sunday in the Arnold Arboretum (aren’t these flower photos gorgeous?) with our mothers on Mothers’ Day, I thought back with a chuckle to 2010 when I was traveling the world for nine months alone and I wrote an infamous article that began: “Shut up, biological clock, SHUT UP!” I was in Spain, alone, and lonely.
I had delighted in the previous eight months traveling around the world, but a pang had hit me: Would I ever find a life partner? Would I ever have children?
However, given that I met Colin at my “Welcome Back to America” party, I am now very clear: Though it seemed like a huge risk and blow to my prospects of marriage to leave everything and travel for months, I would not be in this wonderful marriage, joyfully CREATING LIFE today if it hadn’t been for taking that risk to see the world!
Speaking of the world, what is the future of a travel blogger who is about to have a wee baby? Luckily, bright! We have several awesome trips coming this summer (hint: one is a 15 hour plane ride away and will have even more flowers than this post), and I will continue writing weekly on this blog because it brings me great joy. After all, this site was originally envisioned as a “symbolic baby,” as I purposely created my 2009-10 Around the World trip to be nine months long as a response to the fact that so many people around me (students included) were getting pregnant, and I wanted to put forth an alternative.
Just four years ago, I thought that things like marriage and having babies were not for me. But now, dancing in a world of happiness, I know that with the right person, and with lots of love and partnership, there is so much joy in creating life!
On that note, this week my parents celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary, and Colin’s parents celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. WOW– so wonderful and inspiring! Let us continue many more generations of love.
The author, Lillie Marshall, is a 6-foot-tall National Board Certified Teacher of English, fitness fan, and mother of two who has been a public school educator since 2003. She launched Around the World “L” Travel and Life Blog in 2009, and over 4.2 million readers have now visited this site. Lillie also runs TeachingTraveling.com and DrawingsOf.com. Subscribe to her monthly newsletter, and follow @WorldLillie on social media!