I have come to the conclusion that scenery is what truly does it for me! I could spend hours on end sitting in front of a lake that is still, days on top of a mountain over looking forestry and wildlife, weeks in the woods where I am constantly being woken by the sounds of birds chirping and the rivers rushing. This is what makes me smile! I just got in from a very long walk through the woods where I came across deer, squirrels, birds of all kinds, a raccoon, a rabbit, and probably a thousand different dogs! That is where I feel peace.
I would like to start off this article by thanking my grandmother, without her and her wise words I would not have experienced the joy I have over the past few weeks. My journey started in Lima, now it wasn’t overly hot but I definitely did feel the heat some days! I met so many incredible people, I honestly don’t even know where to begin! In my earlier post I talked about how this trip would change me, it has and it hasn’t.
It’s challenging to put into words what I’ve learned over the past three weeks, I’m not talking about geographical enclosures, articles of clothing and how they are made, various food types, macro nutrients, window cleaning, gutter trap installations, the dangers of cycling, and the limitations my body has when it comes to hiking; I’m talking about what I’ve learned about Betty.
This trip opened my eyes to different cultures, different ways of living, different everything! I fell in love with options, and I fell in love with variety. It still feels like that was more hiking than I have ever done before, it also feels like my regular fridge foods should be garnished or exchanged with street food! So my trip definitely did have an impact on the way I see certain things, and I think that was the main reason I went; to open up to new possibilities and attack new desires. I have come to the conclusion that I will most certainly be cycling more, I can beat the bus no problem, I just need to invest in a road bike!
Now I will never forget my trip, most importantly I will never forget the importance of family. I went back to the island before I arrived home. (I also ended up getting an extension on my days off which is a whole other story.) Why did I go back to Victoria? One thing stood out to me the most when I was in Lima. Want to know what that one thing was?
Family, everything was about family. They drove together, ate together, walked together, and stood by each other; period. The greatest pictures in my mind from my trip are images of families being ‘family’. I cut my trip in Lima short, and went to Vancouver Island to see those that are dearest to me.
I arrived late Thursday night, and to my surprise there was one man waiting at the airport, my uncle. As grateful as I could be I sprinted to hug him but I had one question running through my mind, “Where is everyone?”. I quickly found out that my uncles company has just gone through some transitions and their expansion has basically locked everyone down with regards to time. His company Glass Guys Window And Gutter Cleaning has just blown up! He’s had to hire my cousins and their friends part time and full time! I am so happy for him as it wasn’t that long ago that they were looking for work, and now it’s coming in abundance! If I know anyone on this planet that deserves a break when it comes to finances, it’s my uncle.
It’s amazing how many people you end up speaking with who can share a story with you that will almost completely change your perspective! We are dots, having flown hours and hours from home I feel and am beginning to understand that we as humans are truly like grains of sand in the Sahara Desert. This an incredible yet pulse raising thought to contemplate.
Whoa am I ever thankful to be free! Work was cut short and now I have a few days to myself before I leave; movies and popcorn? I was thinking about a unique trilogy that my cousin used to be quite fond of. I always think the original Lord Of The Rings movies but the series begins with a movie called ‘Blade’. Now I am a total sucker for blood and gore and it may sound a little odd reading it aloud, heck even typing it out felt a little odd; regardless, it keeps me in-tune!
For me, this is a decision of a life time. I have decided to travel to Peru, thanks to a long conversation with my grandmother. The way it was explained to me is that if you can go somewhere where you thought you wouldn’t end up on purpose you might find exactly what your looking for. I do truly want to travel to Singaporeand in time I will, right now I have been convinced by a woman with a heck of a lot more life experience than myself and my trust in her is something that is unbreakable. Did I mention? I have two weeks!
Lately I’ve been feeling like an adventure needs to be in order, time to go and do something I have never done before; know the feeling? I’ve been loving my past week, I have hit some small hiccups but my overall few days have had me in a pure state of happiness. Loving every minute of air I breathe lately has put me in the mindset of the need to experience something that can be potentially life changing. I know a single breath can be life changing, and I do my best not to take that for granted; right now I want to go on a journey that I will be talking about for the rest of my life. My father recommended Las Vegas, I personally feel that Vegas is a little out of my league, I prefer somewhere where I don’t have to feel obligated to do anything; in Vegas I could see myself drinking a little too much and spending too much money on helicopter rides…
I used to have this enormous fear of the ocean floor, not knowing what was beneath me created a trembling feeling every time I entered a body of water where I couldn’t see the bottom. Has anyone else ever felt this way? I think it came about through past experiences in my younger years. I spent a lot of time in lakes, attending countless summer camps and plenty of time swimming to the flotation devices off shore from my home by the ocean. Never did I have any serious situations occur but I do recall a number of times where I looked down and saw families of jellyfish which then gave me the creeps… It set a feeling into my skin which has lingered for years. The time where I was at the lake with my family and a creature of some sort, rather soft and gentle, slithered across my leg. This experience took the fear trophy because after this had happened I then imagined being completely out of my element; helpless in the sense that if this creature had the urge to pull me under, it would have with ease.
So much to do in a day and so little time! Today all I want to do is sit behind my laptop here and write; unfortunately I have a lot of running around to do as well as some cleaning, this is okay. Being clean is of the utmost importance to me, organized living gives me the vibe that I procrastinate less and stay more focused on what needs to get done.
When I see that things have been taken care of it reminds me that I need to continue on and dedicate my being to efficiency. This requires a lot of discipline in the sense that sometimes you REALLY want to just curl up in a ball and surrender to the fatigue; PUSH! I encourage all of you who read this to venture off into the woods for a night or two with a backpack, a tent, a blanket, and some high calorie food. This is something I did that I believe truly did change my perspective on reality; we tend to take A LOT for granted and this helps wake us up. No cell phone, no computer, no communication, other than the beauty of nature and the chirping of birds; such a beautiful environment.
I purchased this light packed mummy sleeping bag and it is absolutely incredible! I have a quaint little tent which I got from the local hardware store and then I just grabbed a bunch of trail mix and took off! A little bit of fruit, a couple granola bars, water, and an open mind.
Ended up posting my previous post late, fell asleep; haha. Today has been absolutely incredible, love what I have going for me right now. I feel fantastic, eating healthy and surrounding myself around the right kind of people. Not to say some people are horrible and others are fantastic, what I’m getting at here is that at this point in my life I have certain goals and want to achieve them to help others achieve theirs; the people I choose to be around help me achieve my goals.
So here’s a little story about a time I went to visit family in Victoria BC. I’m having this flash back of the craziness as I write this, it truly was unique. Driving down the Trans Canada Highway with my father, mother, brother in-law and cousin, then BOOM! To our amazement no one was injured and our vehicle wasn’t nearly as damaged as it could have been (we all could have been killed), a cow decided to stroll into the slow lane of the highway… My father slammed on the breaks gently turning to the left to veer towards the median, as this enormous animal realizes the situation it’s in it decides to take a quick pit stop! As in bunker down for the night! The thing just lies down where it stands, obviously in shock he/she was which is you know, understandable; car coming towards you going 80km+/hr. So at the time of seeing the cow, to hitting the breaks, to veering to the left, we are able to slow down to the point where no major damage was done but we did cave right into the median. Yes the cow made it home safe and sound, I assume. Local farmers cow? Who knows… We were able to get towed back home in a timely manner and no one was rushed to the hospital.
Thank you for smart phones! typing in “tow truck victoria” lead us to a number of different tow truck companies. A number of them didn’t answer their phone and after finally finding a tow truck company who answers their phone one gentleman arrived ready to save the day. Continue reading Story Time?
So this time around I’d like to briefly discuss what has happened in the last six months of my life. Having made beautiful friendships, challenged enormous amounts of adversity, dove into new business ventures, and last but most certainly not least coming to the conclusion that we are all perfect.
Understanding that all good things must come to an ending has put me in the head space of seeing things for what they are and not more than that. To be extra ordinary is of huge importance, yet the application of this concept is tremendously challenging… We as humans label things and focus so much on trying to analyze one thing or another but when you break down that barrier and stop getting in the way of yourself you become light in the sense that you just feel it. Achieving this is by no means easy; it forever is a constant practice. I myself have begun surfacing my emotions in the sense that I aspire to be nothing more than myself. Years spent repressing my feelings has led to a building of bad habits.
No regrets, I am forever grateful for the people I have come across, the animals I have had the pleasure of calling companions, the beautiful experiences I have experienced and the incredible places I have been. At the age of thirty-two I can now say that through my life I have learned a number of valuable lessons and numbering them in anyway shape or form would be ludicrous. Thirty-two and working at a quaint little bistro? Hmm, made an effort to pursue the trades but I quickly realized that the life of a tradeswoman was not the life for me. On one hand I love what I do and love the people I work with, on the other hand I understand I fill a position and am simply putting revenue in another individuals pocket for hour’s of my time.