‘When magic happens in your life on the road and at home, the moment you commit to a journey both inside and out far from the shore you know’ (Definition of transformative travel found can’t remember where).
It has taken me a while to reflect on an August post by Janet Thomas on ‘Elixir:Footnotes from the third age’ titled ‘Lessons Learned in Perth’. Janet has helped motivate me to ‘hang on in there’.
The following statements are an attempt to answer some of the questions Janet poses:
Likewise Janet I can be stressed, unhappy and exhausted but I can still examine,analyse,reflect,plan and problem solve although exhaustion slows the process.
I tend to allow others to drain my emotional energy but I am learning to set boundaries and sometimes letting go of people who I feel are not good for me. This process has allowed me breathing space to ‘see the wood for the 🍁 🌳 🌲 🌲trees’. Getting out into nature walking in our local park on lovely autumnal days helps.
I am braver than I think but not always and that is ok. An example of my testing how brave I was occurred in my four months stay in The Gambia 27 December 2017 – 24 April 2018. Almost three months of this period was spent staying On my own. During this time I learned several valuable lessons and I learned a lot about myself and others.
Janet asks for instances when family, friends and loved ones have ‘been there’ and when relative strangers gradually became my best friends.- for a future post following further reflection.💁🏻🙂