Thursday, 16 October 2014

The Feel Good Blogging Challenge: #2 A Passionate Post

Did you catch Day One of Alex Beadon's Feel Good Blogging Challenge?

So Day 2 - A passionate post.

I am one of those people that feels instantly passionate about something - I started learning the piano when I was young, loved it for a couple of years..then the passion died down. Next it was the clarinet. Same again, loved it for about a year, then decided it just wasn't for me.

I guess I'm pretty jealous of people that have mad passion about a certain thing. I've read a lot of the posts for day two people have put up- about their kids, about their jobs, their love of art etc. And I suppose I can tell you stories about the things I feel passion about but maybe they seem insignificant  to some? But then again, we are all would be boring if we all felt passionate about one thing.

And there are SO many different levels of passion. I'm passionate about my love of avocados (SO UNDERRATED and SO versatile!!) I'm passionate about my quest to own a sausage dog called Oscar (guys, it's going to happen.) I'm also REALLY passionate about Chanel cosmetics - those geniuses create absolute magic.

But in terms of ACTUAL PASSION - travel. And, with that, came the quest to finding my own happiness. Anybody that actually knows me will probably laugh at this but, then again, they will know exactly what I mean. Over the past few years I can't always say times have been easy but that's life. Bad things happen, good things happen - you just have to keep on going.

It's taken me a long time to get to the point I'm at now - content in my own company, in a job I am truly passionate about (I mean, it's more than I could have seen for myself as a starting point in my career and I'm having so much fun with it even after a month), finally living somewhere more permanent (and not out of a backpack or suitcase!) So in my quest for happiness, my passion for travel played a big part because without it, I wouldn't have reached the point I'm at now.

I've always been well traveled and I have my parents to thank for that; our holidays when I was little (and even into my 20's) ranged from the Caribbean, to Kenya, to Israel, to Malaysia, to America...I've been, and still am, incredibly lucky (my parents are brilliant, might I add!) So, pretty much from birth, I caught the travel bug. After a bad break up, a couple of tough years and a job with no progression, I booked a one way flight to Bangkok last year and never really looked back.

Going travelling was one of the best things I have ever done and I cannot stress enough how much EVERYBODY should see the world - it's such an incredibly beautiful place and it really helps to step out of your comfort zone, see different ways of life and gain new perspective on things.

Through travel, I made new friends, saw different ways of life, experienced new cultures, saw sites and visited places that I had daydreamed over after hours spent reading up about it on the internet or trawling through National Geographic. I learned new things (how to cook like a Cambodian, surfing...), I met people from all over the world. I controlled my own happiness - if I wasn't enjoying somewhere, I booked a flight or made different plans. I learned to be selfish and ignore or avoid the negativity I had, for so long, in my life and I guess I rebuilt myself, regained my confidence and found what truly made me happy. Along the way I became intrigued by the Buddhist culture, yoga and the simple way of life (don't all backpackers!) but in running away (yes, it was definitely running away!) it taught me not to take shit from anybody and that if I wasn't happy with someone or something, to change that and to be in control of my own happiness. I'm not saying travelling miraculously cured anything BUT it not only kept my travel bug happy but it allowed me to find passion in the little things, the big things...the things I had forgotten even made me feel passionate.

So through my love of travel, my want to see the world and to just get out there and live, I completely reignited my passion and optimism for the future; for a career, for my writing, for my health, for love and for my mind. Passion in life can lead to such wonderful things. Do not let any other than you control your happiness.