Thank You, Oprah!

Posted by nancymueller
Posted on May 26, 2011
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I know. You’re wondering what on earth could Oprah possibly have to do with this travel blog – besides the fact that she’s a Wander Boomer who likes to travel (Can you say “Australia”  anyone?). But Oprah represents so much more than that to this Wanderboomer. We grew up together after all. Yes, she was in Chicago while I was in Seattle. But we learned from making some of the same mistakes. I’ll bet some of you did, too. We learned when it’s time to let go and move on, to trust our inner voice, and to use that voice to stand up for ourselves and others.

Oprah has blazed a bright trail for women – and men – yet her message to each of us has always been to get off the beaten path and follow our own calling. I took her message to heart – literally. When classmates and colleagues went to Europe, I hopped on a plane to Egypt, and later Brazil. Long after friends had given birth to their children, my husband and I traveled to China to bring home our toddler daughter.

When I travel to far-flung locations, I am my best self – not always as fearless or as smart as I’d like to be, but I go anyway. I’m still learning, still a work in progress, still growing into a better version of who I am capable of becoming. Travel helps me do that. I’m forced out of my comfort zone, the blinders come off, and I have to figure out how to be resourceful in unexpected situations .

So many of my “Aha” moments have come while I’ve been on the road: clarity about decisions hanging over my head; a recognition that despite our differences, we are all interconnected; a visceral understanding of how vital it is to preserve a pristine natural habitat for our planet.

Travel to Quito, Ecuador and The Galapagos Islands is next up for me, while Antarctica and Australia are still ahead. But wherever I go, I’ll take Oprah’s gifts with me: grace towards others who may see the world differently than I do, generosity of spirit, and gratitude for the freedom to travel the world and live an adventurous life. When you think about it, not bad items to bring along on any of our journeys.

Thanks, Oprah!

What about you, Boomers? How has travel changed you? Where are you going next?


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6 responses to “Thank You, Oprah!”

  1. Monica says:

    I love traveling and wish I could do it more. I’m a divorced mom, and the best trips I’ve taken have been with my daughter, who is now 20. When I turned 50 I decided to make the trip to Europe. She and I had the most amazing time. 16 glorious, unforgettable days! I so want to go back and hope to next year when she’s doing a semester abroad. I’d also love to see Australia. My next trip, though is this fall to Key West, Florida for my niece’s wedding. Really looking forward to it.

    • nancymueller says:

      Hi, Monica! Sounds like you and your daughter have a lovely, close relationship. What a special bonding time for you to have 16 “glorious, unforgettable” days together in Europe! Key West will be fun, too, no doubt.

  2. Stefanie says:

    I loved this article. Oprah is such a strong woman. I am also trying to pave my own path through following my intution. I´m only 23, but it has already lead me to Berlin, Sarajevo, Panama, Morocco, South Africa, Barcelona and now Rio. It´s important to stay true to yourself, even if that means doing something unconventional.

    • nancymueller says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Stefanie. Wow! I look at the trajectory of your travel path and think back to when I was 23 yrs. old. I had just taken my first flight ever, leaving my small town in Upstate NY to come to Seattle for graduate school. And look where your travels have already taken you! Keep on following your intuition. I’d love to check back with you when you’re 30, 40, etc. to see where else in the world you have been.

  3. D. Frazier says:

    Great post Nancy! It’s great that you can reflect on how Oprah has inspired you. Sounds like you have a traveling soul – keep it up!

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