by Jenifer Truitt, Executive Director Ziglar Family
Shortly after school wrapped up for the year, which included my oldest daughter’s graduation from high school, our family departed for our once-in-a-lifetime family vacation to Paris and London. We’ve been planning and saving for this trip for years, so when I say it had a lot of weighted expectation on it, that’s probably a significant understatement.
The highlights of the trip were dutifully shared across social media, as you would expect, with iconic shots of smiling poses around the Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace, Stonehenge, the Louvre, etc.
Now, here’s what you didn’t see…
Tired, grumpy, hungry travelers who were always feeling a little bit lost and (in Paris) helpless because of the language difference.
Petulant teenagers sulking about being “too hot” or “tired of walking.”
A broken water heater in our apartment leading to no water for showering after a long day of travel.
Mom (me) having to constantly check my watch and Google Maps so that we could be where we were supposed to be in time for our pre-paid ticket entries.
Of course you didn’t see or hear about those elements (and more)! And frankly, if it hadn’t been for a recent conversation I had with my daughter’s friend’s mom, you still probably wouldn’t be hearing about it.
She and her family also set out on a big, special vacation shortly after graduation — they went to Hawaii. And while we were comparing notes, one of us (and I can’t remember which) sheepishly admitted that it hadn’t been all sunshine and roses; that traveling with the family and being “THE ONE” in charge of the entire trip can be a really, really draining experience.
Once that egg cracked, friends, we were both ready to let it spill!
And what a relief it was for both of us to know, I’m not the only one who feels a little guilty that our perfect family vacation had a healthy dose of imperfection mixed in!
Now, don’t misunderstand: when taken as a whole, we both recognize that we are so incredibly fortunate to have had this opportunity to travel with our families, and that the experience in general was truly wonderful, to be a cherished memory for our lifetimes.
But if we were more willing to share the ‘other side of the story’ in the ultra-polished world of Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat, a whole lot of mom-guilt (or dad-guilt) over things not being 100% perfect could be mitigated.
I thought it would be fun to invite you, as members of our Ziglar Family community, to be a big part of this week’s blog by sharing some of your more ‘real’ moments from your family vacations with us in the comments below, so that we can really get a sense of what is TRUE life, and can maybe even chuckle at it looking back.
And then, if you have a picture to share of your vacation, how about doing so in our Ziglar Family Facebook Group?
Here’s a ‘real’ chuckle for you… this is a pic of my girls when they were disappointed that Big Ben was under so much scaffolding for repair work that you couldn’t even see this iconic London landmark! 😂
So, go ahead… share a ‘real life’ moment from your vacation, either this year or in years past… let’s be real together!