“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~ Howard Thurman
Earlier this year, a friend of mine convinced me we should attend a retreat to the South of France in August for ten days. Within a few minutes, I agreed. It didn’t take too much to persuade me. I enjoy traveling. We booked our flights, etc. everything was in order.
A few months later, she changed her mind about going. I couldn’t believe it. All she kept talking about was how much fun we’re going to have. At that moment, I prayed for guidance. I recalled asking “What do I really want? Is this trip important to me?”
My answer was Yes. I was going on this trip. On my own.
When I started telling people I was going on a retreat to the South of France for ten days, their first question would be the same: Who are you going with? When I said I was going on my own, their reactions were similar. “You are?”
You get to pick your fears. Don’t let them choose you.
I left the screens behind and experienced hiking in the forest and communing with nature. Would wake up to fresh fruit, croissants, etc. everyday and meals consisted mostly of vegetables, bread and cheese.
The experience of meeting 12 fabulous people from around the world changed me forever. I gained a new perspective on the world from our conversations during meal time, shared personal stories, cried and laughed so hard until my eyes would tear. I was transformed.
One day before I was leaving back home, I text my girlfriend “thank you for being the catalyst”.