The seasonal transition from summer to autumn is a pretty beautiful time. Leaves are changing to more vibrant colours, the air gets more crisp, and we seek comfort in all that is warm, comforting and cozy.
Perhaps it was the Thanksgiving vibe that finally inspired me to write this post. While my family isn’t really into the whole turkey basting, potato mashing and pie eating thing, it felt really good to enjoy dinner with my second family, the V’s. They’re my safe zone. A place where I can laugh my ass off, seek advice, have therapy sessions or get a much-needed swift kick in the ass.
For them, I feel truly blessed. ♥
I am also truly thankful for the opportunities I’ve had to travel solo this year. Solo travelling has been quite an educational experience. It has allowed me to push myself well beyond what I could have ever imagined.
In the first six months of the year, I made my dream trip to the Galapagos Islands a reality, bridge jumped (puenting) in Ecuador for US$20, discovered the natural beauty of South Dakota, indulged my inner foodie in New York City and hung out at the gorgeous beaches of New Jersey.
The true lesson for me didn’t come until early July. Because I’m awfully stubborn, it got in my face and told me to wake the f–k up. So, a big thank you to the seizure that happened mid-flight on my way to Colombia which was induced by the “perfect storm” of sleep deprivation, extreme stress and medication.
Struggles with short-term memory, blurred vision, a bombardment of medical appointments and being unable to do the things I enjoy most has been my reality for the past few months. Most importantly, I’ve had to accept that I’m never going to be the same again.
Does it suck? Yep, royally.
A little while ago, something changed… for the positive. For the first time, I put my health and well-being before anything else. The solid foundation of genuinely kind and supportive people was all I needed to shift my perspective.
I finally came to the realization that having to postpone the kick-off my non-profit initiative in Colombia did not equate to failure. Project #ShowSumLove was not over. Rather, I had the opportunity now to make it even better. More over, travelling, swimming and surfing, the things I love most, would still be there after medical clearance. I realized how incredibly lucky I was because things could have turned out a lot worse.
Keeping it simple, enjoying the things I love with the pretty awesome people in my life and of course, continuously striving to surround myself with positive vibes 🙂
What happens if I get stressed?
I try my best to get in front of the issue, change the environment I’m in and avoid internalizing things as best I can.
Time is something you can’t get back. As cliché as it may sound… Enjoy the present, live life on your terms because it is way too short to pretend to care about the bullshit when your heart wants to keep it real.