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Cristal Cafe

Flag of Romania  , Transylvania,
Sunday, April 25, 2010

I often struggled with making decisions. I would ask anyone about what they thought i should do instead of thinking for and deciding for me what was best for me. Now that im flying solo i have found that i am responsible for every decision and i must admit i can often become quite overwhelmed by it all. At the risk of returning to my prior self, i looked at all these plans and started freaking out. With a stuffed ankle what can one really do in Romania? Maybe i should fly back to Melbourne, maybe i should fly to Italy, maybe i should cover it in shit and then cut it off....chill the hell out!!!

So in the small town of Arad (half way through my day trip) i sit in the sun enjoying a coffee and it suddenly occurs to me: 'You are in Romania, HELLO!!!'

It amazes me that in the 124 days i have spent away from Melbourne i have:

  • Spent New Year’s Eve in Dubai drinking on a roof top
  • Trekked to the base camp of Mount Everest and to the top of Kalla Pattar
  • Spent a month and a half having a complete breakdown and then re-built myself whilst learning how to cook in Pidmont
  • Stayed on my first ‘couch’ and ate enough gelato to make any one sick in Siena
  • Helped bring some light to a family and borrowed a hat in Venice
  • Spent 6 days walking around in the rain in Budapest
  • Discovered a country that is nothing like its stereotypes in Baia Mare
  • Hitch hiked a tractor
  • Travelled for 9 hours to spend 2 days hobbling around Sibiu
  • And then spent close to 16hours travelling back north to spend a week on a couch to heal my ankle in Baia Mare.
  • Not to mention I now have enough stories to fill a life time but have so many more opportunities and people to still to have and meet.
It is SO easy to lose yourself in crap that doesn’t matter. People so frequently forget to enjoy their lives instead they choose to wallow on their own crap (example: my ankle is screwed WHAT DO I DO?? Here’s an idea just go with it)

I am in ROMANIA!! And with so many plans coming up (which may or may not happen) I truly feel lucky to be where and who i am as i sit here in the sun in Arad.

And as the sun sets at the end of my 124th day away from Melbourne i feel a sense of hope and purpose for my travels. It’s meant to be a solo journey, filled with many collisions with other people. Every day my goals for the future become clearer and despite i may be facing them alone, now i don’t find that prospect so scary. There will always be crap to face but i am starting to learn that i am strong enough to make the decisions and face the crap on my own, and that sometimes the decision to make no decision at all is ok. Just go with it!
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