February 22, 2021
I haven’t been active on my blog for a number of reasons. I started this blog in hopes that by 2021 I would be following my dreams and travelling full time. With the new variants and a rise in case numbers globally, this won't be happening anytime soon. I am trying to find alternatives that spark joy and inspire me during this rough patch and "uncertain time", as many refer to.
Ever since last September my main goal was to leave Canada and move internationalIy. Planning something this big takes a long time and I have been enjoying the process because it gives me something to work towards. That being said, one of my personal New Year’s resolutions was to live in the moment and enjoy the present. I am too focused on the future, and when the “future” keeps getting postponed with no date set in stone, my feelings of frustration and defeat start to set in. But living in the past by reflecting on past memories isn’t good either. I need something to help me enjoy the present, apperciate the past, and inspire the future.
At first I wanted to shine a light on local travel and enjoy exploring "my own backyard", but our government has shaped any sort of travel to be bad, even if its just a hop, skip and a jump to another town. Local travel feels banned and I am feeling confined to my hometown where there is very little tourism to be explored.
I am always getting "virtual tours of..." recommended to me on my Facebook page and know that there are lots of ways that I can virtually travel. I can envision this being a new turning point for my blog, just until I can actually visit these places in person. Last week I got to visit the Great Barrier Reef virtually through Google Earth. How freaking cool is that?! I was able to "swim" within the reef without polluting the waters and fear of what is within the ocean, but still got to see dolphins, schools of fish and coral.
I told my friend the other day that I kind of miss going to school. She laughed and told me I definetly did not. I mean, the stress of school, meeting deadlines, and being sleep deprived is something I don't miss. But learning about things, speficially about the world like I did when I was at school, is something I miss. I think I might try and learn a new language, or try and improve my French. I need a productive hobby.
I am still going to plan my future move because I am a total planning nerd and it is something I love to do. I am still going to reflect on past memories because it reminds me of all the things I was able to accomplish on my own. But something I am also going to do is work on enjoying the present day by traveling virtually and picking up productive hobbies.