A few months ago, I started breaking down… mentally, spiritually and physically. I was totally stressed from work and other life stressors. I reckoned that I needed a break… not just any kind, but a far away vacation to a place where I could forget about all the negatives, and focus on the positives, and thank God for my life, this very life I only get to live once. This coupled with my personal goal to visit at least one new country each year, leads to the fact that I’m writing this sitting on the beautiful Manly Beach in Sydney, Australia. Naturally, I didn’t want to fly 22 hours, to a country that’s 16 hours ahead of my time zone, all by myself, so I tried to garner interest in some friends… but for various reasons, no one else could make it. I went ahead and bought my ticket. A few days later, I booked my accommodation… Delta gave me my count-down, 56 days. Not a day went by where I didn’t think of this trip. I’m blessed with good sleep, so I slept for about 13 hours on the flight, read a book, played Sudoku and caught up with my shows Blackish & Suits for the other parts of the trip.
I was at a breaking point, that point where there was no point explaining how I felt to others because it seemed like I wasn’t being understood… the point close to depression. There are cases of that “point” where prayer solves everything, and there for the other cases, you simply need to remove yourself from the situation and re-evaluate everything. Know when your body and spirit is asking you to please take out some time and pour love, acceptance and gratitude back into yourself. Know when it’s time to call it quits, know when it’s time to stop, start, forgive, walk away, love, or anything. Don’t let the opinion of others stop you from doing what you really need. Ask God to center you, ask for guidance and plan your much deserved break. Even if you’re struggling with depression, there will be that break to look forward to.
More details will certainly come on the trip, but right now, I really want to share my happiness with you, and let you know that I am recovering nicely, and all the way around the world by myself. So far, I have made friends, dipped in the ocean, eaten delicious food, missed my bus stop, walked over 10 miles, and sat on the beach for hours. I am deliberately taking the time out to create my happiness from within, which is very possible through the strength of God. I love my friends and family, but if I had a choice again, I will book this trip way earlier to save on the cost, but definitely still do it my myself. I didn’t realize how much I needed this until I started the expperience.
I love you all, but you know who loves you more? Jesus. If you don’t know Him personally, please whisper this prayer, “God, please show yourself to me.” Buckle up! It’d be an amazing encounter!