Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking, so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were all meant to shine, as children do. It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Okay, we all need to take a chill pill sometimes. My holiday has almost come to an end, I’m still alive and walking (for now!). What I’ve learnt from my first solo travel:
I love it! Own time, own target. I can go wherever I wanna go or decide not to go somewhere if I’m tired, or spend hours in a place without worrying about others getting antsy. And I can eat whatever I want to eat, whenever I want to!
As a female solo traveler, the biggest lesson I’ve learnt, and something I still need to work on, is to be less kind and friendly as much as it goes against who I am. Because in the end, as much as there’s good out there, so much beauty in complete strangers who are so friendly and helpful, there will always be those who have bad intentions. As modern or open-minded as some societies may seem, men will still be men, who presume that a young lady who drinks beer, has tattoos, and travels on her own must be very liberal and open to nefarious shit like casual sex.
Make sure you have at least a friend or two from the city or country you’re visiting. It really helps to have some local know-how that you can trust, and someone you can call in case of an emergency.
I’m glad my “first time” was with Lebanon 😂 I got to see the most varied mix of old and new and really, really old. I got to see villas in fruit orchards lined with cyprus trees (like Gerald Durrell’s strawberry pink villa). I got to wake up above the clouds, and have coffee right in front of the Cedars of God. And I found the peace and solitude I was looking for, even if it was in fractured moments here and there.
I couldn’t have asked for a better maiden voyage. Thank you for being my first ❤️
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Why do we like to take on responsibilities? Why do we like taking care of others? WHY? Well, we need a "purpose" bigger than ourselves? Having a "purpose" outside ourselves sustains us when we are drowning 🏊🏽♂️. How many times do we get up in the morning saying, "I can't go on like this. I just wanna quit, but ..." ? This "but" is our salvation from giving up too soon. When we have to take care of a child 👶🏻 or an ailing parent 👵🏻, we have a "purpose" bigger than ourselves. In a crisis, we need something to focus on, like a "distraction." When a child is in pain, you give him something else to focus on. That's where our responsibilities become a lifeline, NOT a burden. Life throws us a rope to take our mind off our current affairs. While saving others, we end up saving ourselves from getting sucked into deep depression or despair. Problems become a blessing, NOT a curse. Find a purpose; help someone.
المسؤوليات ليست أعباء بقدر ما هي "سترة النجاة" 🎽 التي ستعطيك الحافز لتحاول مرة تلو الأخرى بدلاً من الإستسلام لليأس عند أول عثرة. كم من مرة راودتك فكرة الإستسلام 🏳️ أو قاربت على الإنهيار لكن إحساسك بالمسؤولية تجاه الآخرين (الأولاد أو الأهل أو الأصحاب) أنقذك من السقوط في وادي الهموم؟ سبحان الله كيف يجعل من الهموم "قارب نجاة" 🚣🏽♀️ حتى لا نغرق في "الأنا" و ننشغل بإنقاذ الغير. هي منحة في طي محنة. لولا الظلام لما نشدنا النور
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Leave the city and go into the wild... Look deep into nature then you will understand everything better!