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As we come to the end of our year out and about – we are both questioning what we have achieved or changed as a result of our travels.
It’s almost as if we were both privately having some inner conflict as to whether we have used this year wisely, have done enough with it, achieved anything or have even acquired some good stories to tell?!
So I reflect – why did we travel?
For me, I have had a desire for several years to spend some time out and about discovering Europe (I am technically European after all) and secondly as a vehicle to assist my moving on from the business that has been my primary focus for many many years. To properly let go and allow the new owners some privacy constituted my not being anywhere in the vicinity!
I also had the desire after 17 years living in Australia to spend some time nearer my family all of whom are still reeling in the aftermath of losing my only brother Eoin so suddenly in 2011. Perhaps my proximity could be a welcome distraction or indeed an annoying distraction from this loss. I have a tendency to drive them all a bit mad.
Actually I feel it was the passing of Eoin that really underpinned the impetus for the year’s walkabout – the push to finally do something that had remained in the dream realm for too many years. The reminder that life is short (even if it is long) and that dreams can only be fulfilled when we have life and life is now. Tomorrow or later has no certainty.
So have I transformed or grown through tramping across Hawaii, Europe and Bali?
YES I believe I have.
I return to Australia a vegetarian on a direct path to raw-ism – something that I have wanted to explore for many years but never made the time or space to properly educate myself towards making these changes.
Also, inspired by the totally non-drinking Dara, I’ve committed to a year of tea totaling (well drinking alone didn’t prove to be much fun!) to give my brain and body the ultimate chance of performing at its full potential.
I return a dedicated meditator, (a loose habit is all very well yet hardly life enhancing!) a daily yoga enthusiast, (another good habit that’s taken years to take hold) an even more devoted loving partner to Dara (Luckiest gal in the universe….seriously!) and most importantly, I’m a kinder and nicer person to myself. Gosh! Travelling has done me wonders!
I am now sure of my desire to grow food, to grow community and to create a stimulating and creative home for Dara and I and our future brood.
It’s transpires that the year out was all about food, health and love and of course Daras videos!
Stay tuned…I have a feeling this blog will evolve as life transpires.
Thank you for keeping abreast of our movements for the past year – I hope we have inspired you to to feast on a vege lasagne at Tranquilo on Santorini… At the very least!