Keep calm and travel on!

Recently I did one of my very favourite things and went on a trip to Ireland. I’ve been wanting to go there for awhile now and finally made it happen!

To say it was magical would be an understatement.

It was green and lush, the people were incredible, and the Guinness does actually taste better there!

But it’s not even all that stuff which made the trip so special. We had many struggles along the way, and each time, The Universe sent an angel to rescue (help) us. Here are just a few examples:

First, we got bumped off the flight to Dublin and had to be routed to Gatwick. I won’t even get into the details of that (confusing, frustrating) experience, except to say we had an extremely helpful agent assist us in getting a flight and checked in to Dublin. #angel

When we arrived in Dublin, we knew that my friend’s bag was missing (as it had not arrived in Gatwick). The lady at lost luggage services was very kind and helpful in assisting any way she could. #angel

My friend had developed a slight cold/cough prior to the trip. While we were sitting in a bar having a pint one day, the waiter sends his co-worker to the store to buy some honey and makes her a healing hot honey drink. #angel

When the bus tickets we bought online wouldn’t scan, and we couldn’t figure out the bus schedule, a driver told us to hop on his bus and that he’d get us where we need to go to make our connection. #angel

During the trip, we had been talking about things in our lives not always working out the way we want.  But how we are trying to see the best in everything, although struggling sometimes to know why things happen the way they do, wanting to have more patience, and being willing to let go. Then we get in a cab one night in Galway, and our driver tells us he’s from the Congo originally. He starts talking a bit about what it was like growing up there and how his parents are still there. He told us about the fighting and mineral wars and witnessing people being murdered. When we (society) use the hashtag #firstworldproblems so casually, we really have no idea. They were horrific things he had witnessed, and he still had an open heart and was able to be happy. I could not have been more grateful for that reality check. #angel

On our second last day, I left my camera in a cab. We were on a bus enroute back to Dublin when I realized. Luckily, the bus had wifi, and I was able to email the hotel to contact the cab company to track it down. Long story short, they found it, and one of the cab company’s employees personally paid to mail it to me. #angel

Generally I see travel as an opportunity to experience new things – sights, food, people, etc. which I love! This trip, however, took it to a whole new level.

It opened me up in ways I had not been anticipating prior to the trip.

It reminded me to be even more conscious of the perspective with which I perceive my life.

It reminded me to acknowledge how kind people are.

It reminded me what happens when I’m open to receiving help.

It reminded me that we can choose how we react to ‘bumps in the road’.

It reminded me that we are all connected.

It reminded me how wonderful home is.

It reminded me that everything I’m seeking is already here for me now.

And it reminded me (yet again) that life is short, and there’s no time for complacency. Not for me. And not for you. Whatever makes you happy, do it!

#noapologies #nolimits # noregrets #wideopenlife

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” -unknown

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

 

 

 

 

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