I have gone back and forth having a little anxiety about this trip, mostly due to wanting to be here for others and feeling I will be too far away. I can't think like that though. Sometimes, we have to think only about ourselves. This is a trip I've wanted to do for so long and the timing of it was meant to be. It's also the longest I've ever traveled by myself. As of now, I’m excited. I am planning hikes, photo shoots with local families and looking forward to doing some writing and immersing myself in the culture there. I’m also knowing I’ll miss people back here. I’m sure the time will go by fast and three weeks is not really THAT long but I’m used to seeing some people multiple times per week or at least weekly. But, I also can’t wait to meet new people and connect with friends over there.
Something I’ve been reminded of lately yet again, is that life can deal out some very difficult times (not that I ever really forget). I’ve seen it as others have been struggling. It can beat you down a bit and make you feel that it’s not even worth going on. I look back at those times in my own life. Being able to remember those feelings and every detail about those times makes me appreciate the here and now so much more. I’ve also been reminded lately just how many amazing people I have in my life. Sure, they’re there all the time but the more I’ve thought back to those hard times, I remembered who was there and who is still there with unconditional love and support. I’m very lucky.
Always look for the purpose in your difficult times. There will always be one. Sometimes, it’s something small or just a lesson needing to be learned. Sometimes, it’s a kick in the butt to make small or big changes in yourself or in your life. Pay attention and use that to work through it. Struggles can lead you to the absolute best life you could never have imagined. You just have find your way through.
I will be blogging once more on this post before I go. It will be a light and funny post to share some other experience I’ve had this summer. Then, while I’m away, I’ll be blogging on my Nicole O’Neil Photography blog, sharing pictures and my experiences. If you want to see them, send me your email address or look for them posted on social media.
Peace and light,