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This explains that twinge of sadness I felt when I was recently on a press trip in St. Lucia. We were staying at Jade Mountain, a resort that’s regularly at the top of numerous “best of” lists. I luckily scored the best “sanctuary” there, The Galaxy.

I mean, come on.

I mean, come on.

“We don’t call them rooms,” joke-scoffed the staff member who gave us a guide of the grounds. I am trying to bring a little St. Lucia to NYC and call my room a sanctuary, but it just isn’t sticking.

Twinge isn’t even the right phrase. It was more like a persistent layer of melancholy under all of the overwhelmingly positive emotions I was feeling. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy myself; I absolutely did revel in my good fortune. I got to splash around in my own Infinity Pool with a complimentary bottle of prosecco. Of course I loved it all.

Still, there was that layer. It was always there, constantly reminding me that I would only be in St. Lucia for five days, I would never see The Pitons for the first time again, and I would only get to come back and stay there again if a lot of things in my life changed.

Although I sometimes rely on negativity because it fuels my brand of humor, I’m using this as an exercise in optimism. When I remember how unreal it was and get a little sad that it’s over, I just pull up a map. “Look,” I think to myself. “Look at all the chances you have.”

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