I am officially only four sleeps away from returning home. Where. Did. The. Time. Go. I honestly have gotten a bit sad in the last week – I don’t feel like I’m ready to go by any stretch of the imagination and quite frankly, I feel a bit glum about returning back to Vancouver. But given that this trip has truly been the best experience of my life, I’m taking a chance today to reflect on my last week, what the past two months have meant to me and also when to expect normal programming back – all from a positive point of view, if you can believe it! Because it would really be such a shame to feel sad (even if it’s about leaving) in these last trickling moments of what has been such a special and happy part of my life – click through to read more!
To keep things brief since I have the Palais Garnier to see and macarons to eat, the past two months have shown me that this following expression by Jack Canfield could not be more true:
Image via DesignlovefestI was really petrified before leaving. I’d travelled alone before but never bouncing around all these different places, especially without really much of an agenda or plan. What if something happened to me? What if I got in trouble? Would I be okay?The thing is, you never can know until you turn that corner, and doing this trip has taught me that living really is turning around all those corners and discovering what’s unknown behind them. There’s always the odd risk that it’s something you don’t like or that might actually be a bit scary – there have certainly been a few times on this trip that I’ve felt unnerved or simply unhappy wherever I was. But for every less-than-amazing instance there have been about 100 miraculous, joyous, incredible moments.
While travel is really the way to discover yourself, discover the unknown and learn more about both yourself and the world in the process, this trip has really inspired me to take a few more chances in life in general and to focus on what gets me excited and inspired (while in turn allowing me to turn my focus away from anything petty, soul-sucking, etc). While I’m sad to be leaving, I’m also excited to see how the important lessons this trip has taught me will help guide a few of my endeavours coming up.
I’ll share more obviously over the coming weeks as my travel diary unfolds but for now, have an amazing week while I enjoy my last one here in Europe. I actually have a bit of a whirlwind week once I land back in Vancouver but will be back to normal programming next week!
Follow along on the tail end of my adventure on Instagram! This should be a special week split between Paris and London and I’m so happy I get to have more time in both. Happy Monday, friends!