Facing Trials & Tribulations

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I don’t usually write posts unless I’m in a positive mood.  I figured that it’s best to keep an upbeat persona on this site, and not add any rainclouds to my readers’ sunny day. However, by doing so… I’m also holding back a part of myself. That in itself isn’t giving a true idea of the author behind of the blog.  So while this may not be a typical post, it’s an extension of my current emotions.

Perseverance

Currently, I’m dealing with a big bad black cloud. One of those curve balls that life sends your way out of an otherwise clear, blue sky. Where do you find the strength to keep going, when you feel as though you have absolutely nothing left to give? How do you cope, when your inner voice changes from being a supportive mantra, to whispers of doubt and despair?

This past weekend, my mood has been rather grave. Work related stress has reached a high point, and I’m struggling to keep a bright outlook on the future. However, I have no intentions of giving up hope. If I can’t believe in myself, tell me… who or what can I have faith in? I fully intend to keep pushing until I either faint from the exertion or until I make the breakthrough that will take me on the golden path of success. This crossroads is the spot where a person is probably only two steps away from achieving their dreams, but they have no idea that they’re almost there.

Perseverance… it’s a trait that all travelers must either have or find a way to develop. Without it, life on the road can become exceedingly difficult. Looking back, I realize just how many obstacles I faced while trying to incorporate more travel into my lifestyle. Scared parents, unsupportive friends, financial roadblocks and even self-inflicted doubts. Questions such as, ‘Am I wasting my money?’, were always in the back of my mind. However, after each and every trip, the only emotions I felt were those of happiness and satisfaction.

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Reaching our dreams are never easy. If it was, everyone would be leading exceptional lives. I’m not an advocate of saying that nothing is impossible. What I do believe however, is that even though the road to success may be riddled with holes, ditches and countless speed bumps, all you need to do is to bring along a spare tire, and learn how to change a flat.

To end this post, I’d like to share a poem that my mom always reminds me of, whenever I start to lose hope:

Mother to Son, by Langston Hughes

Well, son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor—
Bare.
But all the time
I’se been a-climbin’ on,
And reachin’ landin’s,
And turnin’ corners,
And sometimes goin’ in the dark
Where there ain’t been no light.
So boy, don’t you turn back.
Don’t you set down on the steps
’Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.
Don’t you fall now—
For I’se still goin’, honey,
I’se still climbin’,
And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
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Lesson to Remember: Nothing Worth Having, Comes Easy! Thanks for stopping by and I hope that I’ve shared some words of wisdom to anyone who may be battling their own dark cloud. Safe travels, my friends…
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About Jodi

I absolutely love to travel. Most days, it's hard to focus on anything else. However, I'd like to change my travel style from now on. I have always been a 'safe' traveler, with hotel reservations made, cruise vacations and a set timetable. I want to break out of that habit, and become an independent backpacker. This blog will serve to document my aspirations to experiment with traveling solo, around the world!

Posted on March 16, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. It’s a choice we make, Jodi, isn’t it, to keep our blogs upbeat and “I’m scooting about the world having a great time”? But we aren’t always, and I would never have known if you hadn’t said. I can’t offer much other than a virtual hug. I fight my own demons too. But I’ve loved what I’ve seen of your work so far, and I wish you all the luck, that you might find the niche you’re seeking.
    Where there are downs there most often are ups too. Hope you have one coming soon. 🙂

  2. Oh Jodi the doubts will always plague you. And there will be enough – mixed up – people to make you doubt yourself even more. But we all need to find our own balance….not what other think we should do, but what we think is right for us. Once you have your priorities sorted, you will find ways to make things happen. It might take a while, but it will happen. Your mom is right. (Moms always are 🙂 ) Take care, and be patient, and don’t stop dreaming 🙂

    • Thanks for the great words of support Madhu! These travel dreams of ours may seem somewhat outlandish to others, but if something makes us beyond happy, why should we throw them aside? I won’t be giving up anytime soon 😀 I’ll keep on searching for that ‘perfect’ destination~

  3. Hi Jodi – I totally agree, sometimes you just need to write how you’re really feeling and this post is great. We’ve all been there, you’e persevered and succeeded before so keep going! Excited to follow your journey 🙂

    • Thank you so much Katie!! I’ve been back on course now, more determined than ever 😀 Getting those emotions out was a great decision 🙂 Glad you stopped by!

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