Well, that was an eye-opener… if you met me a year ago; I’d have laughed at you if you told me I would be doing what I am doing now. This time last year, I was looking into buying property, loved my flat, was hiring staff and feeling settled in my office and life.
I never took a gap year. I was in matric when I decided what I wanted to do, and even before then I had planned for many, many years to be a chef. I spent a decade growing into the businesswoman I am today.
I’m proud to say that I’ve changed a lot in the last year. I packed my whole life and have booked a ticket for a month of adventures. It’s been so hard and scary. I’ve had a few tears along the away, gotten lost, been rather scared at times but I have learnt things about myself that I would never have known or at least been brave enough to admit.
So what have I learnt over the last few weeks being homeless and traveling?
- 3×4 m is a big space – I own a lot of stuff and I’m proud of my beautiful purchases that have filled my home.
- I am a homebody… and home can really be anywhere you feel at peace.
- You can travel without internet but then be prepared to get lost… even with maps I got lot… maybe I am just a moron.
- Public transport is super cheap and easy to use… put your Nikes on and JUST DO IT! But pack wet wipes too (you won’t be sorry).
- French men are not sexy….Italy, please don’t disappoint… I’m coming soon for some romance, ha ha ha.
- Being uncomfortable /unsettled is kak but as long as you warm, fed and safe, it’s going to be okay.
- How much my mom’s voice can comfort me, aggravate me and bring me to tears all in one conversation… mommy’s girl to the end.
To my sister, who took a lot of grief for not being on track as young as I was, not knowing what she wanted to do like I did, not being driven or motivated enough like I was… I am sorry you had me as an older sister setting an unrealistic standard that I could not even maintain myself. I’m proud you took the time to live your life and find your way. You are my hero and I miss you so much every day.
I now know we all have our own path to travel and hope I can remember that when I have kids and they need me to be understanding and give support not guidance or answers.
Not sure when the garage is being unpacked and or where to next… but I can honestly say it’s okay – I’ve got my big girl panties on (they’ve been getting a lot of wear this year, lol) and I’m going with it.
I trust in God’s plan for my life, I have faith in my abilities and confidence that everything I encounter and overcome is building me into the person I am meant to be.
What else do we really need on this great adventure known as life?
No food in this post … but trust me … Food Is Love …I am the ultimate comfort eater And my month overseas has totally tickled my taste buds.