I cannot believe that tomorrow I will see this painting. There are so many old friends waiting for me at the Alte Pinakothek in Munich and strangers I’ve never met.
Being a flight attendant means I’m privy to secrets that people don’t normally share. Desires and dreams, things they want to see or things they are too afraid to see. A lot of things happen when you are 36,000 feet in the air and sometimes people just want to talk. Something I talk to people a lot about are their bucket lists. Places they want to travel, mountains to climb. I have one of those also but the best conversations are the ones where strangers talk about their separate bucket list for art. Things you have to see with your own eyes.
Which is why tomorrow is so exciting for me. I can cross off entire sections. I spent my entire childhood studying these masterpieces and it’s no longer enough to only see them captured in a book. I have to stand before them and on those rare occasions I have to stand and cry before them. Sometimes I have to whisper thank you to them for seeing me through those dark teenage times, for guiding me, giving me strength, and for teaching me that beauty absolutely lies in the eye of the beholder.
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken | Oscar Wilde
I’ve posted this before but I think it fits in with how I feel right now:
”There’s a race of men that don’t fit in,
A race that can’t sit still;
So they break the hearts of kith and kin,
And they roam the world at will.
They range the field and rove the flood,
And they climb the mountain’s crest;
Their’s is the curse of the gypsy blood,
And they don’t know how to rest.”
— Robert W. Service
I encourage you to read this, it’s the best piece of advice I have ever come across. I’ve printed this out and put a copy on my wall and in my moleskine.
"Health: Drink plenty of water.
Eat breakfast like a
king Queen, lunch like a prince Princess and dinner like a beggar.
Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
Live with the 3 E’s - Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.
Play more games.
Read more books than you did in 2010.
Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
Sleep for 7 hours. Let’s be realistic. I’m a full time student in my second year. My unofficial motto of university is I’ll sleep when I’m dead. I’m changing this to sleep 4-5 hours a night.
Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. (I live in London. I’ve got this one covered!)
And while you walk, smile.
Personality: Don’t compare your life to others.
You have no idea what their journey is all about.
Don’t have negative thoughts on things you cannot control.
Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
Don’t over do.
Keep your limits.
Don’t take yourself so seriously.
No one else does.
Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.
Dream more while you are awake.
Envy is a waste of time.
You already have all you need.
Forget issues of the past.
Don’t remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past.
That will ruin your present happiness.
Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
Don’t hate others.
Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn.
Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
Smile and laugh more.
You don’t have to win every argument.
Agree to disagree.
Society: Call your family often.
Each day give something good to others.
Forgive everyone for everything.
Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
What other people think of you is none of your business.
Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick.
Your friends will.
Stay in touch. Life: Do the right thing! Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
The best is yet to come.
Your Inner most is always happy.
So, be happy.”
There was no author to this piece but I am thankful to whoever wrote this.
I’m getting ready to leave for London. I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t sad but I know that sometimes our hearts and our minds war with each other. I want to stay with my family but I know that I have to go.
I won’t cry, not today. I’ll be strong because I’m the brave one in my family. I’m ready for the next chapter in my journey.
So come at me world! I’m ready to take you on!
Besides, what is life if not a grand adventure?