This is where I start writing less frequently but try to catch up so technically the date at the top is the date I wrote but the actual content comes from other days. So even though it says June 5, I’m posting the section that takes place on June 1 since that’s today.
So…20 years ago today I went to the Aran Islands. It was a beautiful trip and it was fun to rent – sorry,”hire” (as I said above) – bikes. It was a beautiful spot. To this day I really remember the Irish coast vividly because I found it so beautiful.
I think about all the different people I have met along the way already. It was almost addicting, constantly meeting so many people from so many places, everyone willing to go out and have a pint or just hang and chat. So many people doing the same thing, swirling around…locals and travellers alike. And I was young and blonde and loved the attention from boys – there always seemed to be loads of them around to give it to me! Part of the beauty of traveling alone, although I did have my girls to hang with as well and that was a key component of my journey. Seemed to write about them less though…
I don’t have another journal entry until May 21 but an article popped up in my “Thursday Morning Briefing” of the New York Times that I thought was wrote sharing here, entitled Writing Your Way to Happiness. Seems like reflecting on my personal story has the potential to “lead to behavioural changes and improve happiness”:
“The concept is based on the idea that we all have a personal narrative that shapes our view of the world and ourselves. But sometimes our inner voice doesn’t get it completely right. Some researchers believe that by writing and then editing our own stories, we can change our perceptions of ourselves and identify obstacles that stand in the way of better health.”
– Tara Parker-Pope, New York Times
I have to say that at 43, I’m actually very happy. I have a very fulfilling job and work with wonderful, caring people. I have a lovely home that I share with someone I love and our two cats. My family is nearby and also quite healthy and happy. I have a fantastic group of friends and colleagues, I still travel a lot (for work and pleasure) and enjoy all kinds of physical activity, outdoors as much as I can be – kayaking, hiking, biking, running and more – all great ways to see the world. So perhaps I started with a good habit on my travels and by writing when I was younger, I embedded the opportunity to improve my happiness.
But I often write to think. Sometimes I talk – we all need that – but I find I retain many things better once I write them down. And if I don’t retain info, then I at least have something to go back to. Which leads to this blog and why I’m glad I wrote what I did when I did and can revisit it now.