I received an advertisement from the NYU Alumni Association for an 8 day trip to the Amalfi Coast, Italy. I like to travel to Europe once a year. I had not planned a trip for 2018 yet.
I asked my brother who has become my travel companion if he wanted to go with me, and of course he said “yes!”
My sister advised me against going since she has been there and knows that everywhere you go in that region it is steep, uneven, cobblestones, old, and not regulated by ADA laws. I am accustomed to going places in the states that are handicapped accessible by federal law.
I have ventured out of the country several times since becoming disabled in 1999, including trips to Kenya and Costa Rica. While these trips were certainly challenging, I am undeterred. I am used to not always being able to do what I want or even get everywhere, but my approach to living is to go where I can and do what I can without focusing on my limitations. I have found that the Universe generally supports me in my efforts, making my wishes possible.
The photos in the travel brochure were too beautiful to ignore. I booked the trip for myself and my brother. I carefully plan my vacations having learned a lot over the years. I requested a room near the elevator to avoid needless long walks to my room after arduous days of touring. I purchased a Premium Economy seat for the flights to make moving around on the plane safer for me with the additional space provided.
For all the careful planning, I am usually not prepared for the shock to my system from a Transatlantic trip. I have mobility assistance in the airports, but I still get worn out from the airport experience. (Who doesn’t?)
My brother and I arrived in Italy last Wednesday. We were excited mixed with a bit of trepidation. We knew this trip would be a big challenge. Each day I was intimidated by the itinerary. Sometimes I even thought “What was I thinking?” I am met with stares everywhere we go. At the end of each day so far, I am reminded of how rewarding it is to face life’s challenges head on.
I was thinking I want to see the beautiful Amalfi coast while I can. I know better than most that life is uncertain. Take the trip.