You know the ever popular saying & IG hashtag #liveyourbestlife ... what does that mean for you? Have you ever really sat with that thought, that curiousity, pondered that question? It’s hard to #liveourbestlife if we don’t know what it even means to ourself. This trip has really helped me get a little more clear with each passing day what my best life means to me.
For the last two weeks I had the pleasure of experiencing travel with a girlfriend. A wonderful soul of a lady whom I met along the way, several months ago in my first 10 days of travel. We were on different physical paths, but very similar spiritual, if you will. We stayed connected, and intermittently ran into each other, but our schedules finally intertwined. And for what was the last couple weeks of her trip, we reconnected and traveled side by side.
This, I learned, has MANY benefits ... it takes a load of anxiety out of long public transportation travel days, when you have each other to navigate and keep company. It’s lovely to know you always have a friend to enjoy a great meal with. It’s cost effective to split private rooms and costs of transport. And it filled my soul in its own way through endless hours of beautiful uplifting conversations intermixed with tons of moments of just being two girls, giggling endlessly @ silly little jokes and moments. I was lucky that her and I have very similar travel styles, likes and dislikes, and a need for active lifestyles equally balanced with rest and relaxation. We both have a love for health nourishment and an occasional splurge, on a shared piece of quality cheesecake. We both loved ample time spent in nature... so truthfully every moment of our time spent was amazing!!
We parted ways this morning and said goodbye - goodbyes to someone wonderful is never easy, but today it was ok - for both of us I know - because saying goodbye gives us each just the right amount of time to end our trip with time spent in our aloneness... see we both had a blast together and really valued and appreciated every minute of it, but even talked about how very special it is to truly appreciate our time spent alone as well. There is so much beauty on the road as a traveler, between the natural ens and flows to travel life - time spent in extroversion, time spent in introversion. I’ve heard many people struggle with the time spent alone, feelings of loneliness creep in. However loneliness and aloneness are not one and the same.
How special it is when we can reach a place in our lives where we equally value and find sacred our time spent alone, with ourselves. And I am reminded of how much I’ve come to love my own company, and I’m grateful I like me. I’ve been in this journey learning to truly love me, at a deep subconscious soul level, but realize that already at least I really like me. I’m fun (in my own kind of way, not all agree nor do they have to), I’m deep... and I enjoy many things... I enjoy my time in solitude to be introspective, to write, to read, to learn, to contemplate. I enjoy time in stillness just staring into the clouds, into the trees, or listening to the birds. I enjoy knowing I can lay in a hammock for hours if I see fit, and jump up any minute I want to and go move. I enjoy listening to my body and moving it in just the right way without worrying about having to match someone else’s physical needs or desires. I love being able to tune in and eat in specific patterns at specific times when it feels just right. And I love a load of creative outlets and activities that @ once I thought I enjoyed more with people and now realize that my creative capacity is 10 fold when I tap into it alone. I love being challenged and forced into less then comfortable situations with encourage me to expand and grow.
So while saying goodbye to a friend today was not with a feeling of sorrow, saying hello to JUST ME today was filled with JOY. I’m so thrilled to just focus on myself, and spend quality alone time engaged in the essence of who I am -honoring and nurturing my mind, body and soul, every moment of every day.
#livingmybestlife .. it’s being in tune and connected ... it’s honoring my truth... it’s loving who I am ... it’s liking time well spent with myself... it’s being surrounded by beauty and looking up... it could be occasionally moving fast but also slowing down.... its nourishment... its excitement ... its exploration... its acceptance ... it’s gratitude ... it’s curiosity... it’s abundance ... it’s solitude ....it’s connection ... it’s appreciation... it’s breath... it’s meditation... it’s giving and also receiving... it’s doing ... but more importantly it’s being.