As I write this, I’m incredibly aware of just how lucky we are. Just a handful of months ago we were we facing our fourth anniversary of living and working in London and questioning what our next step should look like. Making the choice to give up decently paid jobs in the city for a nomadic life of unemployment came to us like a flash of lightening, it was crazy and scary but a surprisingly easy decision to make. It felt natural and ‘right’, and since then the moments of ‘what did we do?!’ have been very brief and far between.
Living in the moment
Right now, we’re sat on our balcony surrounded by the awe-inspiring views of the Quindio region of Colombia. The imposing green mountains spread out around us, so high that the clouds come and kiss their peaks as they roll on by. In no two moments is the view the same, changing drastically with the mood of the weather. A seemingly peaceful vista twists as the moving mist envelopes it, and suddenly all that can be seen are eerily suggestions of shape, as we find ourselves in the sky.
Bird song forms the theme tune of this little slice of heaven and if we peer into the trees close by we can make out the quick little bodies of hummingbirds feasting on the flowers.
I don’t write this to cause envy, I’m just so grateful that we’ve had the opportunity to witness this wonderful part of our world. Six months ago I was sat in a dark little office in London, questioning what I was doing with my life, acknowledging that I wasn’t on the right path but not really knowing what to do about it. What a difference those six months have made.
A lesson in gratitude
The lesson I want to share with you is this: always follow your instincts and that gut feeling in your belly. I’m not suggesting that you do the same as us – quitting your job isn’t a sure route to happiness, and travelling won’t solve all your woes. It’s so easy though to be afraid of change, so many of us dig in those heels and refuse to move. We question what our instincts tell us, and fall into that dangerous trap of overthinking the myriad of outcomes that may or may not happen. Suddenly we take a breath and realise that so much of life has passed us by.
I don’t know where Phil and I will be in another six months, I don’t even know where will will be this time next week, but I do know that whatever happens we made the right choice in that moment. Don’t be afraid of change, I know it’s not always easy, but I urge you to embrace it, whatever it brings it’s sure to be one heck of a ride.
If you would like inspiration for your trip to Colombia take a look at our other blog posts. We spent two months in this beautiful, friendly country, and have lots of suggestions for off the beaten track activities as well as detailed travel details to help you move around the country with ease.