As my travels soon come to an end I’d like to reflect and share some insight about my experience. As only a few of you know, my trip to Australia was put on hold by four months due to an ovarian cyst that needed to be removed by invasive surgery. Everything went well with the surgery and I am fine, but it was hard to put off that trip. It was a month before my departure, everything was booked, most of my possessions had been sold or given away, and I was mentally preparing myself to leave my friends and my boyfriend at the time for possibly a year.
I had my surgery, the time passed (which I did end up appreciating because I got to spend more time with the people that mean a lot to me and I wouldn’t change that), and more determined than ever, it was now time to jump on the plane.
I will be honest- the first few months of the trip were not what I had expected. To me, Australia was overrated and it was not the magical paradise the internet and everyone made it out to be. I wasn’t really happy and kept blaming other people and making excuses as to why. I always saw the downside of the situation and was never fully satisfied. “Why did I spend the extra money to rebook after my surgery? Why did I sell all of my stuff to come here when it’s not even that great? Why did I leave everyone and everything back at home to come to this expensive place?” are only a select few thoughts that crossed my mind- but that all changed when my mindset changed.
I stopped expecting things to happen for me and made them happen. I stopped relying on everyone else to make me happy and chose to do what makes me happy. An attitude adjustment is all it took to finally enjoy what I worked so hard for. I stopped trying to control every aspect of the experience and just let it happen. I learned to live in the moment, to stop being so uptight and enjoy the ride. I don’t need to stress about things I cannot control and that can change at the drop of a hat.
All of these are things I struggle with in my day to day life and despite being told by friends and family, it’s something I needed to learn on my own. I’m not saying I’ll no longer be this way, travelling has just made me realize what I need to work on to improve my life and that maybe next time it will make me think twice. I’m a planner and I think it’s important, but some things just need to be left to chance. Plus, it’s always fun meeting Aussies in Bali and staying out drinking until 5am when you have to get up at 8am for a day tour and getting your purse and phone stolen by a moped driving by on your way to McDonalds, right?
I will leave you with this: attitude is everything. Live in the moment, plan only as much as necessary, be patient and appreciate every experience, good and bad. There is always something to be learned, whether you realize it at the time or not.