I have been inspired by the movie UP. It is the ultimate call to adventure and while I could write for ages about the meanings in this Pixar film, to save time I will tell you that it's about what happens when you set your intentions and following your dreams no matter what your circumstance is (and of course all of the benefits that come with the action of following your heart).
After watching this film, and seeing others great travels being posted on instagram and Facebook, I thought... what about me? When is the last time I had BIG FUN? Don't get me wrong, I've gotten great at little fun. I find fun in sunshine and the little birds that gather around me on my lunch break.. these things make my heart smile. But I want my heart to shriek with excitement.
Then I saw funny Octoberfest pictures my friend posted on Facebook. Everyone was in costume, they all seemed to having the kind of fun I stopped having years ago. And then I realized, I miss her... and she lives in Australia...and I think the perfect adventure for me to take and feel free and young and alive again, would be to see her and explore Brisbane!
I went to Sydney in 2008 for 8 days. People wondered why I would travel so far and only stay a week and one day. And I couldn't understand what else they expected. I was a student, I had a job, I had limited spending money. Even when taking this luxurious trip across the globe I still felt bound by these limits. I still tweaked this trip so it would fit a lacking me... not an abundant me.
And almost as soon as I think these thoughts of big fun and freedom and excitement this old lady voice pops in my head and says, "No, those trips aren't for you. Those trips are for people who have money and time and don't work where you do or make what you do. Those big trips are for other people. Successful people." And I believe her.
But then I tell a brilliant woman that I want more fun in my life. And I tell her about wanting to do a big trip to Australia. And she says, "Well then I think we need to plan your tip and let the universe take care of the rest." And we talked about how much a flight would cost, how much spending money I would want.. and the tricky things like how I will get this extra money or how I will get time off of whatever job I happen to be working, we decided could be taken care of by a force greater and a bit more creative than me.
And suddently it seemed possible.
I realized that the voice in my head that sounded like a tried, defeated, old lady is not me. She is fear. She knows a part of me that is quick to see limits and she prays on that. But she doesn't know the greater part of me that is a dreamer. And she will have to eat her words when I'm dancing the night away in Australia.