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Life lessons from travelling during a pandemic

Updated: Jun 22, 2022

© Copyright 2021 Artwork by Cordi Neckermann

Learning to go with the flow has been the soundtrack to my lockdown life. And even now, planning things seems a little pointless. I want to believe I’m in control of what is going to happen but really, I’m not. Travelling over the summer holidays to finally see family and friends was yet another lesson for me in how planning will only cause more stress than just going with the flow.

The tickets and tests were booked, but there was no guarantee that everything would turn out as planned. It was four of us travelling, so there was always a chance that one of us could test positive and all the lovely planning would go to down the toilet. There was nothing that could be done to create more security, only surrendering to the flow of things and hoping that it would all turn out for the best.

Everything did turn out for the best. We ended up making it to all our destinations and got to enjoy seeing friends and family. Just being away from home was a real treat. In pre-pandemic times travelling over the holidays to see family was a given. But this year there was a whole different appreciation for being able to travel. Every day away seemed like a gift and actually sitting on an airplane almost felt like a miracle.

All our travel plans ended up working out, but not without a few obstacles and hiccups along the way! These are the three lessons that I brought home with me from our trips which I wanted to share with you.

Expect the unexpected

Whatever we do or plan, there is never a guarantee that it will actually happen just as we expect. It is actually more helpful to let go of the expected and embrace the unexpected, knowing that even the detours can still lead to where you want to be. On our travels, we hit quite a few of these detours, but in the end it all worked out and we ended up where we wanted to be. I guess we kept our focus more on the goal rather than the path, since we already knew it would be new and unexpected, with potential obstacles thrown in.

Enjoy every moment

My uncle always says that when you get old, goodbyes are different because you never know what the next year may bring. This year especially, his saying held true for all of us, no matter what age we may be. Covid-19 is dangerous for everyone, whether they are young, mature, healthy or have a medical condition. With this in mind, enjoying the time with loved ones we don’t get to see every day had a whole new meaning.

I catch myself so often taking life and health for granted and getting lost and worried in future plans. But the truth is, all we lovely humans really have for sure is the very moment we live in. We can't change the past and the future we can only shape to a certain extent, with very little or no control. But we do have the power to choose to enjoy every single second of every moment we are in, especially when spending time with loved ones.

Persevere in finding appreciation

Appreciation seems to be the tool we need to experience more enjoyment in each moment. It is easy to appreciate all the good things in life, but what about all the stuff that goes wrong? Whilst travelling, we had to deal with a few hiccups, which sometimes made it seem like we wouldn’t make it to our destination. But things worked out and looking back now, it was a great lesson in perseverance.

We appreciated spending time with family even more and enjoying every moment to it's fullest once we arrived. It really goes both ways, persevering in always finding something to appreciate gets us moving forward and generally, we appreciate things more if we had to persevere to get them.

One thing I had to persevere with to finally make it happen, was meeting the BollyX family. It’s been nearly four years in the making! After dancing and learning for countless hours via screen, I finally got to meet Shahil Patel, the Co-Founder and CEO of BollyX and Meredith Miller Higgins, BollyX’s Global Community Manager in person and actually dance a little with them too.

It was wonderful to get a little taste of the passion and drive that is behind BollyX and bring it back with me to the UK. There is nothing like connecting with like-minded people. So, if you love dancing and are aiming to get fit, why not come and try a BollyX - The Bollywood Workout class with me?

I look forward to dancing with you!


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