Egypt was my first opportunity to cross continents as an adult. After 9-11 I had avoided international travel because I was simply paranoid of flying, especially as a new mother. But when the opportunity presented itself it wasn’t a question of if I would go, more of when were we going! I’m so glad that I fought the fears that plagued me because this trip not only opened my mind and heart to love the world and it’s people, it reminded me that the life I was living was the cause of much distress.
Often we can’t see our reality clearly until we remove ourselves from that environment and become the person outside looking in. The problem is, it’s not that we don’t want change, we simply are clueless about how to ask for help, and skeptical about taking those first steps. Even though I was in a state of sensory overload in Egypt, I was able to think in isolation without having to consider the feelings of anyone but myself. I knew then as I knew from the beginning, the realm of negativity I existed in would be my certain demise.
Saying goodbye meant I would no longer have silent moments to myself, wake up to inspirational views, hear the call to prayer. Saying hello would mean back to a life full uncertainty, anxiety and being a prisoner to the moods and whims of others. With all of the life transformational moments I experienced in the past 14 days, I knew my life would change drastically, I just didn’t know when or how. As I boarded the plane, I knew this flight would be delay free and the journey home uneventful. I am determined to return to Egypt, not sure when, but I must pay my respects to the universe for guiding my steps and opening my eyes during those moments as a young woman seeking guidance. I wasn’t told how, but it was there I knew I had the strength to survive whatever was in my future. And I did……
Have you had any life changing realizations while traveling? Tell me about them in the comments.
Much love from the brown girl, traveling the world, leaving Egypt with the knowledge that she was put on this earth to be more than someone’s beautiful~Ny Unnerved
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