If you are an avid reader of this blog (thank you!), you know I have food allergies and I love to travel. I want to share with you today why I choose to live. I often get comments from people saying things like “how can you eat there?” or “how can you travel?” or my favorite “how do you live?” The answer is simple. I do not stop living because I have food allergies. I may alter how I eat in restaurants or how I travel but I will not stop because of food allergies. If anything, it makes it even more important to do so. I believe my life is a journey and if I can bring just a little more awareness to our community through eating out or traveling, then I must do so. We spend a lot of time being cautious and this is important. But, it is equally important not to shelter oneself because of dietary restrictions. Could you imagine if one would shelter themselves because they were blind, a diabetic, or an epileptic? We must not hide from society because of our ailments. We must function as everyone else does. We have to go to school, to work, to weddings, to family gatherings. This is what we call life!
Many years ago, a friend of mine was diagnosed with a terminal illness. She has a rare disease where she stopped growing at age 14. She was told she would never make it to 25. At that point, she decided to live life. She drove fast cars, raced bikes in the desert, married a wild man, played with scorpions etc. You get the point. She was and is an extremist. Today she is almost 40. Imagine what her life would have been like had she not done all these things. There are many that would get such a diagnosis and would refuse to venture out. They would be too afraid to work or to function. For years she has been a role model to me. I am not as adventurous, but I do believe in making the most of one’s life.
Please join me in living life. It is so precious we need to make the most of it.
OK I am off my soapbox now, thanks for listening/ reading!
Author: Tarah Jakubiak
After working for 20 years in the corporate world, Tarah Jakubiak founded Allergic Traveler. Jakubiak, president of Allergic Traveler has traveled the world since the age of two. She has been to 24 countries and 26 states. Jakubiak has been to all inclusives, gone on cruises, gone camping; backpacking through Europe, gone to the big cities, and little hidden gems. She has multiple food allergies but it does not stop her from seeing the world. Jakubiak is allergic to eggs, nuts, mushroom, soy, garlic, corn, sesame, potatoes, celery, shellfish, chicken, pork, peanuts, and many fruits. She is originally from Montreal, Quebec and now lives in Greensboro, NC with her husband.