Silhouettes enjoy lunch in the sun on Darling Harbour, Sydney.
If you ever feel insecure, exposed, introverted or vulnerable, remember the people you think are staring at you feel the exact same way about themselves. They are probably too busy looking within and self evaluating to criticise.
If the people around you are in the shadows, you probably are too. Use the anonymity to develop and progress, then you will get to truly stand out, all for the right reasons.
Since I have moved I’ve been getting out of bed much earlier than I usually do. I don’t know if that is the aftermath of a very long period of jet lag, it may be due to the warm morning temperatures. Regardless, most nights I have been in bed by 10pm and wide awake by 8am. No alarm and no need to force myself to get up.
It feels fantastic.
The sun is a huge stimulant for me. It almost invites me outside, a bit like a moth to a flame. Knowing that the temperature stays the same when I open the doors and windows feels great too. Even when I was in the UK, seeing the sun burst through motivated me more than five cups of coffee… I just don’t need to put more layers on to walk outside here.
Along with the sun, there is the knowledge that I’m in a new environment. Everyone I say good morning to is a completely new person, one I haven’t met before. The accents and the local lingo I’m picking up as the days go by. The little differences in lifestyle I’m seeing and breakfast habits. I remember how I used to feel waking up on Christmas Day as a child, a feeling that is very hard to recreate or rekindle. Waking up in a new country is probably the closest I can get to that excitement when I first open my eyes.
It’s quite shocking how much of the day we lose sleeping in. It’s currently 10.23 at the time of typing this post, a time of day that I would often not see due to being fast asleep. That was before I started travelling and when pretty damn demotivated. I would sometimes sleep a further two hours before the realisation that I’m wasting my day would kick in. I don’t want to know how much sleep that accumulates over a lifetime.
But here I am! Yesterday I managed a 10km run, being beachside certainly helps with that.
Seeing so many people out and about lifts me and I will see this view much more in the next couple months I’m sure.
Aaaand my French toast has arrived. Nutella, coconut flakes, strawberries, bananas, syrup and cream. A treat, after all if there is no reward what is the point in the effort? It’s all about the balance!
Everything in moderation, including moderation.