You might not realize it immediately but one day you'll see it for what it is. You grew, evolved and moved on. You faced setbacks and dealt with them on your own. You overcame obstacles, beat back the naysayers and you have the scars to prove it.
My own journey continues to teach me that the benefits of foreign travel and exploration far outweigh the costs and there has never been a better time for Americans to reconsider how many of their boundaries are self-imposed.