That expression, 'It was life changing' can be banded about quite freely so I am not going to jump on that bandwagon but I can confidently say that nearly 3 weeks in Vietnam was inspiring. And the link from the Far East to Monty Python may be a stretch for most, but for me, it is now a very closely related one!
Next time I hear 'Biggus Dickus' or 'Incontinentia Buttocks', I will snigger (well you have to really...) but I will also reflect back on sitting on a sun lounger with a mojito in hand and a bit of a profound realisation about the meaning of life!
As many of you know, my passion is helping people with stress and anxiety but living in a world where that is present in abundance, I am not immune to it and so always learning new ways to not only help myself, but to help others too. The theme of this week's blog was how my meaning of life took on a bit of a different perspective whilst away and includes a little tip that anyone can use to help reduce their own stresses and anxiety. You can read more and access that tip here.
This weekend my 13yr old son was doing the first of his Duke of Edinburgh weekends - a 2 day event where they had to navigate their way around Savernake Forest (without google maps!), cook their own meals and camp. With a military Dad, he was being rather influenced by planning and prep and like most teens, decided to do the absolute opposite of everything he was being 'guided' to do. It was one of those precious moments when I heard him say "Look Dad, of course we don't have the right food, of course we won't have all the equipment we need, but we are 13 year old boys, we'll be fine!"
Having come back from Vietnam and finding myself back on the hamster wheel of 'normal' life within a very short period of time, the wisdom of a 13 year old was a wonderful reminder that going with the flow and knowing, at the end of the day, it will all work out one way or another was a great reminder that the only person putting me on that hamster wheel was me! So with feet firmly back on the ground, the only spinning being the cycling variety, I am very focused on more fun, less planning and more flow.
So if we meet up in the near future, please hold me accountable for this and if I have snuck back into hamster mode, please help me by reminding me of the meaning of life and ask me what I have done on my list today as we all need a nudge in the right direction sometimes!!
Until next time,