As March Break comes to an end, I want to say I am grateful for the time spent with my family.  We went on a road trip together, laughed together, went swimming/skiing/snowtubing or were just hanging out in our hotel room. We sometimes irritated each other; we sometimes drove each other crazy but we also appreciated each other’s companion all the time.

And all of these moments are possible because…knock on wood, we are all still relatively healthy. Without health, we may not even be able to travel without worries, without thinking how one may get so sick and needs to plan how to manage the illness.

That’s not to say that if you have a chronic illness, you can’t enjoy your time with your family. We all have different ways to cope or manage challenges in our lives. But the key is that we don’t let any difficulty get in the way of life.  One can happily have a staycation or travel with a chronic disease and enjoy the time too.

That’s not to say that if your financial situation is tight, you can’t enjoy yourself too. Many years ago, I was backpacking in Paris on my own. I stayed at a hostel but saw a newly-wed American couple there. They didn’t have the money to stay at a fancy hotel or had escargot in a French restaurant. They stayed at a hostel and ate Kraft Dinner. But they were happy to be in Paris.

Hope everyone else also had a nice March break with your families despite the snowstorm we had in Toronto & Montreal. And remember, let’s not take for granted for anything, even for a short bliss or moments of happiness. Money can’t buy happiness. Money can’t buy health.  Appreciate your health and everything you have in life.

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