So, I’m off to Australia. I booked my ticket a week ago. I’ve been considering some sort of trip for the last month, but there were so many factors determining my availability to travel that weren’t in line until a week ago. I can’t believe I pulled it together. Here’s what inspired the trip:
My dear friend and LLYOV writer Zani spends a few months of the year working on a small island off of Indonesia. One year ago (and not long after I met Zani) we were in a bad car accident together. It was weeks before she was leaving to go to Indonesia and instead of packing and preparing for her long trip she was beside me, icing my broken face and helping me change bandages.
Needless to say, that incident bonded us in a way nothing else could. Trauma has a beautiful way of bringing people together. With my newfound extra appreciation for life I dreamed about going to visit Zani, my survivor buddy, on the island. But instead I just went back to my routine, back to work, like so many of us do. I wasn’t the same after that accident. I was so passionate about my job, loved my home and community, yet I was struggling with all of it.
At the beginning of this year life brought me back to the hospital, this time for a bad infection that got into my blood and a muscle in my lower back. I thought it was sciatica before it got so painful that any sort of movement created the most awful pain I could ever imagine. Seven days in the hospital, a long term IV pumping six weeks of antibiotics into my heart, and still pain when I walk. It ‘s been hard not to feel like I’m just unlucky. Then I was reminded it’s quite the opposite.
When I was in the hospital I found out my office was moving to DC. After two incredible years of soaking in a ton of knowledge, the thought of taking everything I’d learned into the world and becoming a independent contractor again excited me. It was all I had ever done before spending two years behind a desk. The week after I got out of the hospital I got a call from a friend saying she had the “perfect job” for me and she was right. I started consulting a new fashion line that’s working with fair trade/sustainable/vegan/local/etc and they’re committed to making a difference in fashion, the environment, and the lives of the people creating the product. On top of a great new job opportunity I got a settlement from the accident. Meanwhile, Zani was preparing for this years trip to Indonesia by way of Australia. I couldn’t miss out this time. So as soon as I got the okay from my doctor, packed up my office, and signed the settlement check I booked a one-way ticket to Australia. At the beginning of April I get to work for the fashion line in Bali then I’ll meet up with Zani again on the island she works on. That leaves May for Thailand? Laos? Vietnam?
I’ve heard a lot of “you deserve this” the past couple weeks. I think we all deserve an adventure, but yes, I need this for my healing. Reflecting on the past year brings up all kinds of emotions. Frustration being a big one, but instead of focusing on that I’ll just say that the past year as been a reminder to take care of myself. I’m always doing what I think I’m “supposed” to be doing even if it means putting aside my health and wellbeing. I could have carpe diem tattooed on my face and still struggle with the faith it takes to follow through with that idea. I pray that with all of these life changing experiences comes a deeper trust in knowing what’s best for me. It is, after all, one of the reasons Live Like You’re On Vacation was created in the first place.
I invite you to join me on this journey by seeing yourself in the place that you think will make you feel great. If you’re already there?, Congratulations you’re living like you’re on vacation. If it takes a plane, train, or boat to get there…. make it happen.
PS after a loooong plane ride, I made it and I feel great