As with almost every old soul, a lot happened in my childhood, which makes me the optimistic, full of energy, wanderlust-ful woman I am today. I know how to deal with people, my own feelings and when life gets really shit, I know how to stay positive; however, this hasn’t always been the case.
My first and most important advice that I can give anyone who has something to deal with in their life, embrace your emotions. This means cry when you need to cry, smile when you need to smile and shout when you need to shout, this is the only life you get and spending any amount of time rejecting something that makes you human is ridiculous, you need to celebrate your emotions, not hide them.
Travelling has enabled me to be tough, I deal with any issues that come my way with a problem solving reaction. There has been times whilst travelling, when I looked out of my door and outside was dark, not with the night but with deep grey rain clouds and if you took a step outside you’d be scared you would drown (I am not too fond of Asia in wet season)… and rather than fight and dance in the rain, I broke down. I learnt the hard way that life will kick you if you let it, I let every emotion I had inside reflect the rain that was happening on the outside.
I am not filled with regret because things don’t always happen how they are suppose to, I learnt from it to not be afraid of the unknown and to of course, dance in the f**king rain!
In my slightly insightful, not-so expert opinion, you get out of life what you give it. This never made sense to me, until I faked all my smiles and changed my perception, when you wake up in the morning, think “it’s a sunny day” before even opening your curtains. Changing your mindset is so difficult when you’re stuck in a rut, but actually once you start your uphill battle, it feels like you’re already on top of the world.
“Life is an echo. What you send out, comes back. What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get. What you see in others exists in you” – Zig Ziglar