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Lost and Found in Jamaica

  • By Shana Burton
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  • September 25, 2014
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Last summer began with last-minute packing but not for our annual family vacation. My husband was packing his bags, having decided that grass grows greener in lawns belonging to younger, less complicated women.  His exodus, while signaling our marriage’s death, served as my rebirth.

Fearing I might morph into a bitter broken-hearted divorcee statistic, my friends coordinated an impromptu Jamaican vacation. Being the well-meaning but self-indulgent creatures they are, they figured if I had piece my life back together, I might as well do it in a beachfront Caribbean villa. They were right. I got my groove and myself back along with five life lessons.

Lesson 1: Selfishness can be good.  It’s a luxury most mothers can’t afford, but sometimes mothers must be selfish and take care of themselves. Taking time for me ultimately made me a better mother for my kids.

Lesson 2: My strength isn’t always enough.  Staring up at the 600-foot waterfall that we’d decided to climb, we knew we’d prevail if we held hands and stuck together, proving that self-reliance isn’t always lost and found in jamaicasufficient. Everyone needs a support system.

Lesson 3: Letting go is okay.  On the day we went snorkeling, I watched my friends from the safety of our boat, afraid to jump in. When I stopped being paralyzed by fear and let go, I discovered everything fear was causing me to miss out on. It led me to Lesson 4:  Take risks, even when afraid.

Lesson 5: My way isn’t the only way. Adjusting to Jamaicans driving on the left side and paying $438 for tampons was challenging, but changing my mindset and being open to new ideas and experiences made our trip and makes life awesome.

I’m not suggesting that Jamaica is the panacea for all that ails the world, but it was the prescription to heal my broken heart and spirit and to start my journey toward healing.

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Shana Burton

Shana Burton is the author of seven books and a two-time Georgia Author of the Year nominee. She resides in Georgia with her two children and an embarrassing collection of trashy romance novels. She can be found on Facebook @ shanajohnsonburton, Twitter: @shanajburton, and IG: @shanab319


2 thoughts on “Lost and Found in Jamaica”

  • Anjie TwoPlatez

    September 25, 2014 , 8:22 pm

    I love this.

    #2 "My strength isn't always enough" <—— this right here.

  • Anjela TwoPlatez Childs

    September 25, 2014 , 8:22 pm

    I love this.

    #2 "My strength isn't always enough" <—— this right here.

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