Life is hard! Have you ever questioned why you can’t be the person to drop everything and live off the ‘fatta the land’? (Yes Of Mice and Men!) I love travelling, it is the reason I get up every morning and get excited, is for the prospect of escaping somewhere – book, theatre, concert or another country. I am always ready for an adventure, and actually I really dislike the mundane life. Yet, I can’t quite let go of it. I seek comfort in the known and secure, the monthly salary, my daily routine which includes my writing, but if only I could do something exciting every day. Something new.
This is probably one of the reasons why I am so in love with my job as a teacher, because it is something new every day – believe! Yet, I dream of escaping it for a life on a boat, in the sea, surrounded by dolphins. I think that the key to life and its success is to find a happy balance between reality, expectations and aspirations. I have always wanted to be a writer, and in many ways blogging fulfills that need to tell stories, to share information. Sometimes it is enough, sometimes it isn’t, but it mostly fills me with joy. I have traveled 26 countries in 26 years, so 1 new place a year, I feel like I am doing really well to be honest, and I think that there is the balance for me. I find time and ways to be adventurous, even within the borders of England.
I think a lot of people struggle with feeling fulfilled and happy in their daily lives, I can relate. Before I changed careers I was very unhappy, and every day started to feel like a struggle to even get up. However, I feel like a lot of people, especially in this day and age of social media influencers, picture perfect instagram reels and stories, edited down to 10 minutes of excitement vlog videos, are severely unhappy because their lives do not match that expectation. For me, finding the buzz in life isn’t about going at 100 miles an hour 24/7, it is taking solace in the calm moments too.
I recognise within myself the need to be excited and challenged daily, so sticking to an exercise regime, trying new exercise classes all count for that. I feel like even cooking can be quite audacious, I recently got myself a tagine and am dying to try it out! Reading books that are out of my comfort zone has been really adventurous as well, even though I am just in my living room flicking pages. Signing up to short courses to keep your brain active, and not just waiting for the next trip abroad.
In the last 2 years I have also taken a lot of time to discover England a bit more, escaping to places like Cheddar Gorge, doing spa retreats, hiking in the Lake District, even finding out a bit more of my local county and going on treks on the national routes. I feel that at this stage in my life, when my career is picking up, I am still studying and I have just moved into my own place, travelling abroad for long periods of time will become less of a possibility, especially considering the financial demands. However, I know that I will be able to travel regularly again in the future and I know that it is never a question of NOT TRAVELLING, it is a question of being pro active in finding other sources of adventure and properly planning out when and where to travel too.
So my point is, it may take some intricate planning and clever thinking, but you can all achieve that balanced life that you feel is filling you with joy on a daily basis.
Keep reading, writing and travelling!