How Traveling SHAPES You! (PERSONAL)

Written 4/5/2019

As I write this, I lay in bed at my Glasgow AirBnb. I’m quite tired, my neck aches a tad, but I’m thinking about the past few days with much gratitude…❀️

I didn’t tell many of you this…but I’m ready to now. πŸ™Œ

Last April I had traveled to London to Crew at another one of Tony Robbins’s event. It was my first time being in London, and prior to the event I made time to tour around. πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

Being there, I felt like I has entered a different time period. The architecture I had only seen in movies was now all around me. I experienced a whirlwind of positive emotions, and I didn’t want to leave! πŸ˜„

10 days later, as I left for the airport to go back home, I remember starting to break down in tears. There was a voice in my head softly whispering: “I’m not ready to leave. I just got here.” And as I sat in the airport waiting for my flight, I held back even more tears! 😭

But I pledged to myself: “I’m coming back very soon!” I felt determined that what I experienced didn’t have to be temporary. πŸ‘

Now it’s 1 year later, April once again, and I’m back in the United Kingdom for another Tony Robbins event to Crew. Go figure, another Tony Robbins event right?! πŸ˜‚

But I’m not in London yet…😲

Do any of you remember MySpace? If you’re an old bloke like me (πŸ˜‰), you probably used it too. It was the popular social media platform before Facebook became the cream of the crop. πŸ‘‘

I originally met my Scottish friend Kris Nimbley​ on MySpace over a decade ago! He was one of my earliest online friends, and while we didn’t always keep in touch over the years we did remain connected, from MySpace to Twitter to Windows Live Messenger to Skype all the way to Facebook. πŸ‘₯

So as I planned my flight back to London a few months ago, I messaged Kris and told him: I coming over to visit him for the first time ever! πŸ˜€

To say my visit in his hometown of Kilmarnock these past few days was enjoyable would be an understatement! πŸ‘

Not only did I meet Kris in person for the first time, I got to meet his lovely family, visit the local landmarks, and he even brought me to the little town of Dunure to see their famous Castle right on the coastline! It was absolutely gorgeous! 😍

One thing you learn as you travel is how little you know about the world. You are reminded there is so much to see! You can read as much as you want from a travel brochure, pack as much stuff in advance to be prepared, but once you’re actually there your plans are forced to shift and evolve. ↔️

What you initially plan and expect doesn’t go precisely the way you expect…and this unpredictably makes it very refreshing! You can let go of everything you “think” will happen and simply enjoy the ride! ❀️

This afternoon Kris and I parted ways at the train station as I spend the second half of my Scotland trip here in Glasgow. Thank you again Kris for your amazing hospitality! So far Scotland’s name as being “One of the Friendliest Countries” really rings true! My visit to Kilmarnock will definitely not be my last! πŸ‘

To my readers: If you have friends you haven’t talked to in a while, I encourage you to reach out to them, see how they’re doing. We all grow, we all evolve, and you may find out you have more in common with your old friends than ever before! 😁

For anyone Crewing in London next week, I’ll be seeing you soon! But first, some more beauty here for me in Scotland…! πŸ˜„β€οΈ #EudaimonicLife

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