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.
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.
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
Switzerland was one of those countries which I used to dream about. How beautiful it seemed, the gorgeous alpine views and the amazing Swiss architecture. I was also very much aware of the fact that Switzerland was one of the most expensive countries to visit in the entire world! However, when I started planning this trip, I was determined to visit Switzerland against all odds. In order to prevent myself from backing out, the first flight I booked for my Round The World trip, was my flight home from Switzerland! No going back now! I visited this dream destination, and boy oh boy!…. It was worth every effort it took me to get there!
I was honestly close to tears. All the hard work, all of the sacrifices, all the nights spent at home…. if I wasn’t already sure that it was worth it, this would have been the moment of revelation. There is no greater feeling, than the feeling you get when you actually realize… YOU DID IT!
Everything seems that much better, after you’ve worked so hard for it. You appreciate every smell, taste and all the sights much more, than if someone just handed you the experience.
Two of the main Switzerland attractions that called to me, were the Alps and the Architecture. I’ll do the Alps in my next post, but tell me, do you think these views weren’t worth it?? Swiss Architecture Rocks!!
Lesson Learned? Never give up on those dreams that mean the most to you. The things we have to fight the hardest for, are the things that will be most worth it in the end.