self-affinity, self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-development
Life is better for me today, and looking back I can see why things didn’t always happen the way I hoped and expected them to go. Partly it was because my expectations were unrealistic and depended upon others acting the way I would wish them to, (and that almost never works out). Partly it was because I suffered from a lot of negative character traits such as judgementalism, jealousy, and impatience.
By accepting what were my downfalls in the past I can work on developing better ways of living, and also deciding consciously what I don’t want to be, what I don’t want to do, and where I don’t want to go, (in a literal and figurative sense). This is the right time for me to push on through with no regrets and no hesitation. This is the time for me to re-evaluate some of my life path choices so I can drop everything unsatisfying and toxic, and instead concentrate on that which adds to my success and happiness. People, places and things that have just ever taken from me, giving little in return, no longer have a place in my life.
I am very aware of what I don’t want in my life, but I think I need something like a bucket list, or a vision board, or maybe a mind map to help me to decide what I do want in my life.
There’s a list of places I want to visit in the next year or so; starting with California, and maybe Arizona in the USA. In England I would like to see Stonehenge again and some of the other weird places such as Lindisfarne. I have no desire to spend much time in London, but seeing Amsterdam, Paris, Rome again might be cool ~ after I’ve been back to Florence, Sienna, Pisa, and San Gimignano. I do so love Tuscany.
The Mediterranean might well be the most favoured region on the planet; the Greek Islands are fabulous, as are Crete, Cyprus, and Malta ~ maybe I’ll take a cruise. And of course it’s been a long time since I’ve been to the West Indies ~ and the islands are a great winter destination. Never, ever go to the Caribbean during June, July, August, or September ~ unless you really like hurricanes.
I have no issues with finances nor responsibilities back here in the garret, (apart from Marmaduke), but what hold me back a little is the ultimate joylessness of travelling alone. Maybe the first thing I need on life is a new friend and travelling companion, or to change my relationship with an old friend for the better.
Some say that no matter where you go you always take yourself with you. And that freedom is not just a long holiday. All I know is that the world is my lobster.
Marmaduke likes travelling with me