Finding the Way

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'As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears.' A quote by Rumi Click To Tweet

 

Today, after almost 3 months living in La Gomera, I’ve finally installed WIFI! Although I’ve loved the time away from being constantly connected to the world, I’m relieved it’s over. There’s something terribly cozy about sitting on my sofa with a cup of hot tea and Nick Drake streaming and being able to BLOG!

 

This evening I stumbled across a magnificent Facebook page. A girl called Cassie Chloe is hitchhiking around the world, making jewelry out of feathers, doing the odd circus trick and brightening up an otherwise depressing Feed with stunning photography and thought-provoking quotes. This is where I read this wonderful line by 13th Century Islamic poet and scholar, Rumi.

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Copywright Cassie Chloe

 

We are all so focused on “finding our way”, perhaps me now more than ever. It’s like I’m rushing around not wanting to waste a second, then getting far too overwhelmed with it all and collapsing in a heap on the sofa with Ant and Dec.

 

Where do I start? How do I start? What if it isn’t the right move? What if I fail? Which path do I choose? How do I find myself? What’s my purpose? 

 

So many questions and one simple answer: just start. Do something. ANYTHING. Walk the walk, talk the talk. Do it, be it.

 

I have so many doubts and fears about pretty much everything I want to do. Blogging- what if I’m a terrible writer? What if people hate me? What if I don’t connect or inspire anyone? Yoga- I’m not flexible enough. I don’t know what I’m doing. Teaching English- PANIC. Further Education- I’m not cut out for it. I can’t stick in one place for that long. It’s too expensive.

 

What Rumi says to me first is, SHUT UP EGO.

Almost all of my doubts and fears are based on some kind of external validation. You know, caring what other people think. What they think of me. Of my abilities. I’ve received some heart-warming comments on my blog so why do I worry about writing more? I’ve been teaching English for about 3 years, why do I still feel the nerves before class? Why did I flake out as a Tutor-Trainer last summer?

If we can quiet our egos, our fears and doubts subside. We start to look for internal validation. What do I want that’s just for me?

 

Second, don’t go looking for the way. Let it come to you.

Without fear, we can finally put one step in front of the other and move! Stride! Strut our stuff! Walk with confidence. With ambition. It’s okay to not know exactly where you’re going. In fact, I’d say it was a prerequisite. I don’t think every pro athlete knew where they were going when they joined some after school clubs, nor the writers who have had their novels turned into multi-billion movies. Just set the wheels in motion. Breathe. See where it takes you!

 

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I’ve chosen this photo to go with the quote since it was the first picture that sprung to mind! We are on a grand voyage to one of the Wonders of the World, Ha Long Bay. I was 19-years-old. I taught English. I had no clue where or what I was doing, I just knew I had to do SOMETHING.  Well, I thank past me, because she unknowingly paved the way to five new countries (and counting) and cultivated a profound sense of direction and purpose in my life. I am forever grateful.

 

You want to find your way? Don’t we all! Let’s give ourselves the ultimate gift this Christmas (or right here, right now!), and START. Like writing an essay, starting is the most difficult part. If we get that part over with, we’ll be rewarded with an ocean of possibility.

Hi! I’m Sarah. I dropped out of university tired with the mundane life I was living in England. Now I’m an aspiring ex-pat of the world, having already lived and worked in Vietnam, Italy and Maldives. I’m using this blog to document my experiences and hopefully inspire others!

16 Comments

  1. Great topic! I love Rumi because of the rawness of the quotes. So honest and real. This was such a nice read and that is the perfect picture that you chose to share with it.

  2. Very inspiring especially if your want to reboot your whole busy system.

    3 montha of no wifi???? Hhmmm I think I can live with that.. but as long as I have more spaces for taking some photos. 🙂

  3. Keep blogging and writing 😀 And I totally know what you mean (especially about the yoga bit — why can’t flexibility come easy?!) I love the quote. It kinda reminds me of what I’ve also thought about and learned – persistence is the most important aspect of success (whatever that means to you). So get going, and persist 😀

  4. Wow three months without wifi would be tough as a blogger! But it’s so scenic there you would hardly mind. Best of luck in your ventures!

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