Be who you are, stand your ground!
You are precious …. Never forget!
After a while you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul.
And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts and presents aren’t promises.
And you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes ahead, with the grace of an adult, not the grief of a child.
And you learn to build all your roads on today because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans, and futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight. .
After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much.
instead of waiting for someone to leave you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure;
You really are strong, you really do have worth.
And you learn, and you learn
With every goodbye you learn.
© 1971 Veronica A. Shoffstall
after a while you live, you learn! 😉
So in April 2011, I decided it was time to leave Belgium and experience Thailand and its natives.
The idea was to get out of my comfort zone and go on a journey to discover myself, a journey to me!
I was fed up with my regular life here, the day’s in’s and out’s. I wanted to explore, to confront myself with new things.
And until today, this was my best ‘audacious’ decision I’ve ever made! The experience changed my life …
It all felt a bit like the book ’eat, pray love’ by Elizabeth Gilbert. I learned to engage with people, appreciate other cultures and enjoy the simplicity of life.
I ate the best Thai food right from the street, I learned Sanskrit prayers and I actually enjoy chanting them. I’ve learned to be humble and grateful!
for all the beautiful things life gives you.
Let go of how other people judge me, but most of all, I learned to let go of judging myself!
The experience totally changed my vision of traveling. I discovered the true richness of life! And better still, I discovered what it means to me!
When I close my eyes, I envision ‘Kashmir’ in India with the palace of a ‘thousand winds’ and the beautiful colors and scents the land has to offer. I see myself driving from the North to the South island in New zealand, counting sheep and visiting the Maori. Walking on a beach in Polynesia or having a pint of Guinness in Dublin while listening to street musicians play. Skiing in Schotland, I know, it’s rare but it’s something I really want to do! Bathing in the ‘ blue lagoon’ in Iceland, to name a few …
If you’ve read my previous posts, you’ll know that I like to make vision boards, and of course, I also do this for my travels!
And so can you! It’s weekend, relax, be bold and let your dreams carry you to wherever you want to go!
Explore your dreams!