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New Perspective for 2022 while Travelling twice to the Middle East despite the Global Crisis!
My 2021 has taught me so many great lessons in life and what hit me big time was the death of my father.
In his last fatherly advice, he told me to see the world and I shall bring him with me in spirit.
My father was supposedly be travelling to Seychelles had his situation allowed him to be onboard but deep inside my heart, I knew he wanted to see the grandeur of God's blessings, one of which he loved to travel around.
Travelling during the pandemic can be very risky if not scary yet it truly gave me a NEW PERSPECTIVE for my 2022.
At the end of the day, when we die, we have so many things to be grateful for in life because we have seen and emerged ourselves into the hidden beauty of the unknown. Can we truly assure ourselves that despite staying safe and healthy we would live for eternity? physically not but spiritually yes, so I believed in a most transcendental way.
Anyhow, I took the courage to travel for the second time to the Middle East ALONE and my husband has to understand I NEED a "ME TIME." It came to a point to settle our marriage crisis, thus I had to keep my DISTANCE and SPACE even for 12 days. What mattered to me was the time and not just the length of stay although it may not be enough but direly needed to what I call my "PEACEFUL TIME for MYSELF."
I was so excited to be on board via Etihad Airways whereby I was given a complimentary ticket for the biggest event in the Middle East, Expo2020 which was held in Dubai. There was a free bus ride and all we needed to show was our ticket, however, due to spiking cases as omicron was also very active during my trip, I cancelled my Expo plan but truly enjoyed my time in Abu Dhabi, getting lost in the middle of the desert and walking for two hours, asking for directions towards the Corniche Area.
It was a trip I would be forever grateful that I took the courage to be a Solo Traveler because for the past six years, travelling with my husband while he did all the talking at the immigration ( well at least here in Seychelles upon entry) I was so dependent on him, indirectly letting myself to be so UNRELIABLE thus leading me to be anxious at how it would be travelling alone this time. Later did I realize that allowed myself cling on him even on small things like packing our pieces of luggage and all I did was look at how he put everything in order. He's so used to travel at an early age therefore told me he's an expert at packing. It came to a point that I was exhausted arguing with such a petty thing. The kind of situation where you could say,
I wanted it this way, he wanted it that way! darn!
Travelling solo has the great advantage of being AUTONONOMOUS and SELF-RELIANT thus able to survive on your own regardless of the situation because you are self-sufficient, nonpartisan and solely dependent on YOURSELF.
I may have worked in Qatar for three years but I rarely had a real experience of what it was to walk through and to lie down on the dunes, to feed the camels and to enjoy the calmness of the Arabian Peninsula.
There was a extraordinary spell which drown me into it that I hardly took a video because I don't want to spoil the solemnity, and majestic gravity of the place.
Added to the have witnessed the sunset on top of the highest dunes, bestowed an ardour of serenity and tranquility while heaven opened up for that PEACEFUL moment which my inner self genuinely needed and wanted,.....
I felt like I have conquered my fears and the uncertainties above everything else. At that moment alone, what mattered was my communion with myself , with the place and with the transcendental escapade in the desert.
My travel adventure was so personal to me that I needed it to reunite with what I had lost. For six years of being so tolerant with everyone around me thinking that it was the best thing to do, it was too late to envision that it led me to lose my identity.
The very practical example of travelling ALONE scared the hell out of me not because I am alone but because the inner voices of my younger self telling me the world is so scary, considering the pandemic not to mention venturing out in the desert, it's like beating my head against a stone wall. Even my family told me not to travel because it is risky, scary, dangerous, wasting money and so many other things.
I knew they love me but heck I need to recollect myself, so I shut all of them and took the courage to tell my husband that I NEEDED THIS TRAVEL FOR MYSELF. It was so empowering for me to finally show them that I wanted myself back and that I am responsible with my life calibrating towards the goal for sovereignty!!!
I am also very grateful to our ma @TigerLily/Dreemsteem and dada @BluefinStudios during our Uptrennd University years whereby they both have enlightened me to work for myself, my life's purposeful existence and most especially during my marital crisis. That lowest point of my life when ma @TigerLily shared that song from Casting Crowns "Just Be Held" until today whenever I felt like being dragged back to one of the darkest hours, her words of wisdom always resonated and I'm ready to face my challenges again.
I am forever grateful! She is such a wonderful soul and a blessing to everyone with whom she has touched each of our lives as she did with mine.
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