Dear Travel Agent,
Let’s talk about a very sensitive matter: depression.
I am not an expert on the subject but I feel comfortable talking about it because I struggled with it for over 20 years while building my business. Shame was a big part of it, and a side effect of the medication I took made my hands shake – very difficult when trying to deal with being a successful businesswoman and “being normal.”
To many people I looked like I was on top of the world with a very successful business; but inside, the demons of depression spoke loudly, and I had to fight every day to believe I was going to be OK.
Honestly, traveling to other countries and taking medication helped me tremendously, together with therapy. I “collect” countries, I think about them, I learn from different cultures and I better understand myself by meeting people all over the world. Travel for me was not a cure, but helped me tremendously to be the person I am today.
I understand depression, I’ve walked in those shoes before, and unfortunately, I cannot guarantee I will never walk in them again, since some things can be a trigger. I am learning to cope with my life and giving back in all ways possible. I love to see travel agents succeed, I love to help and be a cheerleader. It helps me to be a better and happier person.
Life is not a competition. The grass looks greener on the other side, but we don’t know what the other person is going through. Let’s just be nice to each other, smile, and use your words to heal instead of hurt. Don’t forget to travel as much as you can to spread love and compassion to more people.
To life and to happiness!