I recently got back from a trip to the magical island of Bali. WOW is all I can say. What a little piece of heaven.
Before visiting Bali, I hadn’t been outside of Japan for a whole year and was just coming out of what seemed to be the longest Winter ever. Honestly it felt like about 7 months of cold (and that’s rain and wind cold). I don’t do well in this kind of weather, perhaps its because I grew up in the ever sunny and humid Durban. My body, mind and soul just doesn’t like it.
Living in Japan has taught me many things about myself and the greater world (more in another post), but the feeling that I felt when I stepped off that plane was indescribable. I was eagerly greeted by my best friend who was jumping around in excitement, where I could barely lift my arm to wave hello. I have felt as though the energy and life force has been sucked out of me whilst living in Tokyo; everything is so rigid and orderly in Japan, and like any big city people can seem cold and detached.
I felt a sense of relief after arriving in that new environment – the air felt lighter, the people friendlier and after a few days I was back to my old self. It was as if the chains had been taken off and I was FREE. I’ve obviously been feeling very trapped whilst living in Japan, it’s the land of extremes and it’s hard to just be yourself here (everyone wears this ‘mask’ so you never know what’s real). Ofcourse there are many great things too, but as the law of nature prescribes, everything has its opposite (this case in extremes)… I think I prefer the middle ground.
Bali was absolutely blissful. I had several deja vu moments whilst there, so I’m sure I’ve been there before in a past life. We spent many days on various beaches, and also headed up to Ubud… rice fields, temples, full body massages, yoga and medicine men! A holiday to remember and also a little perspective…. reminding me of my true nature, the things I value most (love, family, friendship) and to remember to bring a little lightness and fun into our everyday lives. After all, this is the magical school called life, we might as well enjoy every moment of it.