South India Diaries.
A brown river. When you see something different from usual, you always tend to learn about it. I came back home and searched that why some rivers are of blue colour, while some are of brown, and so on...
Well I found out, factors such as minerals, soil runoff and sediment and algae can cause water to vary from its natural color of blue.
And then I realised, that traveling, exploring is just not about exploring yourself or exploring places around, but also about learning! And with learning you gain experiences!
What's your recent travel learning?
If there’s anything I learned this past year, it’s that life is short. Things can be taken away from you in an instant — even the things you think could never change. When you want to do something, do it. If you love someone, tell them often. If there’s something you are unhappy with, do what it takes to change your situation. Don’t ever let another person bring you down. And don’t ever be too afraid to pursue your dreams. Yes, even if you end up failing. Who cares? Start over. Get back up. It’s the cheesiest of sayings, and the most cliche, but it’s one of the hardest things to actually do. There are always excuses and obstacles.
Losing Chester a year ago today was something I could never have imagined. He was seemingly at his best. But depression and anxiety aren’t things that suddenly disappear when you “have all your ducks in a row”. It involves continuous and intentional work.
I was going to post another Chester photo today, but as you’ve seen, I’ve already posted/deleted so many in the past. Some days it’s just easier not to reminisce so much. I’ve spent this year trying to redefine myself, and have accepted that there’s a new version of me that I will continue to embrace.
Cheers to you, Chester. I’m happy that you’re resting in peace now. Though I’m not traditionally religious by any means, I’m still going to look to you for guidance throughout the rest of my days.
the UNGLAMOROUS👎 side of travel! 🤷🏻♀️ ya'll need to know it's not all lying in a bikini by the beach.
real representation of what I look like catching an early flight ✈️
very little sleep😴
lots of coffee ☕️
luggage all over the place and IDGAF
[< Wrapped in Thorns >]
I enjoy helping others grow.
Growing businesses, growing personally.
It’s usually fun, until it’s not.
And I’d be doing you (and me) a huge disservice
If I didn’t talk honestly about how growth can royally suck sometimes.
Sure, the aftermath will be joyful, even humorous,
Looking back, we can all pretend it wasn’t so bad,
Add it to our hero’s journey & celebrate the victory!
But when we’re in it - it blows.
So if you’re feeling the pain, I’m here for ya.
I know what you’re going through.
I wish more people would be honest about it,
Not in a “Look at me” or “Pity Me” way,
But in a “Wow, this sucks + that’s okay,
I’ll be okay” kinda way.
To those of you who say “Dust yourself off”
This post is not for you.
This is for the sensitive folks out there.
I’ve been waiting for someone like us to open up about it honestly, then I decided to go for it.
Some lessons are fun(ny) to learn.
Others come wrapped in thorns.
They can be really painful.
They can be confusing, contradictory or seemingly out of nowhere.
It can feel like a personal attack, betrayal,
A great situation gone wrong,
Or cause you to question the things going right in your life.
And sometimes they can be damaging & destructive.
Let’s face it, most great lessons ain’t pretty.
But when I try to move through it too quickly,
I miss out on the most valuable insights & feedback,
though they too can be the most painful.
What if we move towards the pain, not away from it?
What does that mean? Everyone’s different.
Taking some space, getting outside,
Licking my wounds + crying it out.
Having an ice cream + watching New Girl.
Detailing the discomfort.
Writing out the facts and feelings.
Not trying to solve it just yet.
The main thing is separating the message from the messenger.
I don’t get to choose what growth looks like,
Or how it’s delivered.
I do get to choose my response to it,
And whether or not I do the work to truly learn it.
So, if you’re going through sh*t, keep going.
This will be funny one day, I promise.
Sending a big hug your way.
If this resonates & you need support,
PM me + let's talk it out.
You can get through it alone but it's more fun with friends ❤️