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The best advice I ever got

The best advice I ever got was from my grandmother who told me to see the world. “You only go around once,” she would say. Over the years, her advice has become a sort of moral imperative – that I must see the world, that I was somehow remiss in my duties as a human being if I stayed put in one place for too long, or lost my yearning for new experiences. My husband, thankfully, has adopted my grandmother’s adage – or maybe not necessarily adopted, but has acquiesced.

We have become change junkies. This has led us to live and work at home in various states in the U.S., in the U.K., Ireland, Europe, Bermuda, and now, the Cayman Islands. There are consequences: people ebb and flow in and out of our lives, friendships invariably cross the globe, with long periods of not seeing those people who are important to you, not to mention the stresses of dealing with foreign governments and cultures. Like all moral imperatives, the carried burden is often great.

But we continue – because we do. It’s part of our way of life now. And while change can bring stress, it is, without doubt, exhilarating, liberating and a phenomenal adventure.

And so this great lady that I loved so dearly gave me more than advice – she gave the gift of adventure.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

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