Travel brings power and love back into your life – RUMI
This quote was stumbled upon while I was flipping through a book and landed on a page that had it – It seemed like a sign. I remember staring at it for a whole 3 minutes thinking to myself “I needed this.” This was a few weeks ago when I saw it, so whenever I recall this quote, it’s a reminder that on my trip that I should be open to anything in order to gain perspective as well as the love that my heart has kept empty for the past year or so.
I’m currently in Portland and today marks a significant day in my life. It’s a day of what could’ve been and what marked my hope for my future. It was another milestone I had with my once significant other. It was a day that 8 years ago changed my life. The bliss and joy I felt on that day, I can still recall. It was a day filled with love and happiness, that this person who is amazing, thought I was just as cool. And he wanted to start a relationship that would then change my life. And as I recall those feelings, I no longer feel defeat or pain… I feel grateful. And though that void still exists, time is filling that void with an answer I was unconsciously seeking – to travel and discover new things.
This quote, though found by chance, came at the right time. It has given me so much perspective… That although I’ve lost that significant love in my life, it’s important to rebuild that feeling not through finding another person, but though discovering myself… and it’s that joy of creating new memories in places I’ve never been to before and doing new things I’ve never done. What started as a trip to simply get away from San Diego has turned into an eye opening and heart warming experience in just a matter of a few days. And I have a week left to travel around the Pacific Northwest and I’ve already seen and gained so much, that this excitement is exactly what I needed in my life and it’s a feeling I love and hope to never lose.
It’s true that one point in my life I felt powerless and unloved and it’s this journey that truly began to heal me. From the whole planning process to actually going to Oregon and soon Washington. And not only that, whether it was reading new books, learning and gaining perspective from my friends, to being present in the moment and becoming grateful and more giving… It’s all come full circle in filling that void and helping me realize the important things in my own life.
Though he’ll always be that person who I considered the love of my life, he’s also that person who became a catalyst for my own discovery. They say that tough breakups or unfortunate events truly change you and help you become a better person, and I stand behind that 100%. He was a huge part of my life 8 some years ago. And thinking back to the past and the memories we made – they were truly extraordinary, and those are the things I’ll remember along with the new memories I’m making on this journey of mine.
To more travel, wild dreams, and fortunate discoveries! Cheers!