Farewell Beloved New Zealand!
Welp… I’ve been in New Zealand for almost one year now and my time has finally come to an imminent end.
Ever since I was a little girl, it was my dream to come to this country. It wasn’t based on anything but a gut feeling that told me I needed to get here one day.
The experience over the past few months exceeded even my wildest dreams and this was BY FAR the biggest chapter in my entire existence.
Everyday I was left in sheer awe by the neverending green hills, turquoise sea, diverse landscape, and breath-taking nature. The forests were like something out of a fairytale. I met THE most generous, hospitable, and friendly people in the world. I found my soul sister. A sucky relationship ended. I opted for more travel over grad school. I came closer to death than I have in my entire life. I chose to endure a deep journey into my inner world and experienced a complete self-transformation. My entire reality, spirituality, and perception of myself, people, and the universe has been completely shifted.
Also… for the first time ever, I travelled alone.
If you would have asked me a few years ago if I would ever consider travelling alone, my answer would have been a definitive, “Hell no!” But I finally did it. I really, really travelled and achieved it all by myself. It certainly took baby steps to get to this point and I wasn’t exactly traversing anywhere particularly dangerous or foreign… but I don’t think I have ever been more proud of myself than I am today.
Every person has his/her definition of what it means to “challenge oneself.” For me, travelling was it. Travelling meant that I would need to leave everything that was safe and comfortable behind. I needed to give up a secure job, be separate from friends and family, and confront every ounce of “normalcy” that society had begun to out for me. Leaving it all behind was the greatest risk I have ever taken. But I knew that if I could handle this… I could survive ANYTHING.”
I don’t think I could have found a better education than I received by travelling. I don’t believe there is anything more confident-boosting for a woman than being required to take care of every single situation, obstacle, and component of her life.
I feel so blessed for this opportunity and for all the support I’ve had along the way. I know I have been given an invaluable gift.
I suppose I want to send out a unanimous farewell and to express my gratitude to all the incredible and inspiring people that I met along the way. I cannot thank you enough for all of your thoughts, stories, advice, wisdom, memories, open-mindedness, long hugs, laughs, crazy ideas, cool accents, and for exposing me all things new and amazing. And to thank all the people who offered never-ending encouragement and love from back home – especially to my amazing parents.
One of my fav quotes continues to be – “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes” – Proust
THANK YOU! A piece of my heart will always remain in beautiful New Zealand!!!
Up next? Thailand!