So, I’m back! (No, I haven’t been on holiday for this long, I’ve actually been battling a little motivation mountain – more on that another time..). I won’t write a travelogue, but I am going to tell you a little about my trip, because it was one of the best times of my life. No cliché here, it genuinely was.
Vietnam was a holiday of firsts for me. My big milestone. My ‘I’ll feel much better when I get back’ trip. My break-up blues crazy idea. I went it alone, for 2 weeks, in a country I’d never been to before. I felt fierce. And rightly so, it was the best decision I ever made.
Firstly, it’s an incredible place. I saw some sights, met some wonderful people, ate like a goodun, and did things I would definitely have said no to in a past life. But also, of course, I learned a lot about myself, and life.
1. There’s always time for the things you want to do.
I am pretty much a ‘bed by 9.30pm’ and ‘not on a school night’ kinda gal. That did not fly in Vietnam. And somehow I found the energy to keep going and have all the fun. There was no way I was missing an evening out with my (new!) friends. And I was still up and out early enough to make the most of the day ahead. I found when I was filling my time with things I wanted to do, I felt fulfilled, not drained.
2. Fortune favours the brave
I met so many people who were just doing it. Living their best lives (genuinely). Who’d quit it all and started travelling the world. They were so happy. They’d taken the plunge and done what they wanted to do, ignoring all the fear. Not one of them regretted it. It set them free.
3. I’m a little bit cool (bear with me here..)
Full disclosure, I battle with thinking I’m quite a boring, nondescript person. That I’ve not done much with my life, barely been anywhere. What I actually discovered was that THIS ISN’T TRUE. People were so interested in what I have to say, where I’ve been, what I do back home. People liked me. Others laughed with me, at my jokes. Being boring is another lie I tell myself. And maybe it’s time to start telling myself a new story…
4. Life is there for the taking
The most important thing I learned was that it’s all there for you, whenever you want to take it. You’re never too old. And it’s never too late.
The trick is channelling the Vietnam vibe every day. When work is a bit too much. Or I’m losing motivation to get up and out of the door. It’s remembering that time you felt at peace and saw things with clarity, then doing something that helps you bring that feeling to the day.