Let me describe one of my very favourite things to you. On an aeroplane, mid-flight, the cabin service has finished for the moment and everyone settles into themselves. The lights are dimmed for comfort and if you're lucky, out the window you have a view akin to the one pictured above. You are in no way connected to the ground below. There is a beautiful quiet all about the cabin and you know you have the next few hours to be. It's at the moment that peace washes over me, every time. I so clearly remember flying to Los Angeles back in January. We were halfway through the flight and flying over the Pacific Ocean. I opened the window shade and it revealed the most spectacular array of stars I have ever seen. That paired with my uncontrollable excitement to arrive in a new country truly almost made me cry.
So that leads me here. This past week I've been debating whether or not to travel before the end of the year, in the short gap I have between weddings. I have great travel plans for next year but the combination of my impatience and thirst for adventure always gets me wanting something sooner. It's no secret that travel is what gets me going. Everybody has something and that is mine. Sometimes it's not possible nor a 'good idea' to try and fit a trip in, but sometimes, somehow it works. This week when it came down to deciding whether or not to go, many many things played on my mind. But when it really came down to the point where a decision had to be made, I asked myself one final question: besides money, what have you got to loose by going? Saying no, to me, seemed like closing a door. It appeared like turning down what will be memories i'll hold for the rest of my days. So why would you say no? It's a question I feel I need to ask myself more because I think we find it easy to say no, sometimes without even realising we're doing it.
So here I am. In six weeks I'm flying to Paris. A place I have only dreamt of since I can remember. I've done nothing aside from book a flight, and you know what? The money has just left my account and I already know I've made the right decision. New sights, adventure and food awaits. All of which are experiences that certainly wouldn't come from staying home.
And don't get me wrong, it's taken me a little while to get here, but here I am. See, the idea of traveling alone, let alone somewhere far, far away has always been quite daunting to me. I am one of five children and I like to be surrounded with companions. But hey, somehow I've arrived at a place where I'm not scared. Instead, I am filled with refreshed motivation. Like this has topped up my fuel and I'm ready to go harder for the next six weeks because an adventure is coming. That seems to be how I work best. Going hard in between my roaming moments.
All my love & excitement X