I landed in Athens, Greece yesterday, Sunday, November 25th, 2018.
These two picked me up from the airport with open arms, had a huge lunch already prepared with love for me when I arrived at their home, and spent five hours talking to me about life.
We talked about our fears.
In Greece they have a saying that goes something like this.. You only see one view from your balcony, but there’s a completely different view from another balcony.
From where we are standing, the problems that we are currently facing in this present moment may seem like the worst thing possible, but if we were only able to see it from ‘another balcony’ or another perspective, we would see that the troubles we are experiencing now are happening for a reason that we can’t see from our own balcony.
Beyond these troubles are bigger & better things awaiting you. You just have to get through this. And you will.
She told me about her fears for the future due to the economic crisis that hit Greece. But despite her worries, she has a positive outlook on it all. How inspiring this woman truly is.
Things could be so much worse, she said. And that’s completely true. Things could be so much worse.
We talked about the war in Syria and how people had to flee their home country.
They had to leave their friends, their family, their homes, their entire lives behind. This really put things into perspective for me. Here I was worrying about things that don’t matter when others are struggling with the thought of possibly not being able to see a tomorrow.
We talked about the basic necessities of life.
She told me: all she needed was a bed to sleep in, food to eat, and a warm body to cuddle up & sleep next to.
She had everything she truly needed, so in her eyes, she was doing good.
In any moment, the things you hold so dearly to your heart could be taken away from you, so be extra grateful today for the things you do have.
Tell that person how much they really mean to you. Hold your family a little tighter. Appreciate all that you have.
We talked about the benefits of traveling.
Did you know that in other countries they actually support the idea of taking a gap year(s) to travel and find yourself?
She encouraged me to travel, explore, & find myself while I get the chance.
She told me she dreams about traveling.. ‘What’s stopping you?’, I ask her.
She wishes that she & her husband could travel but now that they’re older, they have obligations. Whether it be their kids, work, taking care of their parents, there’s always something that’s holding them back.
She encouraged me to travel now.
“Travel every chance you get.”
We talked about expectations.
It’s funny because only in America do they expect you to have your life figured out by the time you graduate high school.
How insane it really is to expect a child to know what they want to do for the rest of their life. To expect a child to go to school, more school, even more school, and then immediately start their career following all of that schooling.
Did you know that there is so much more to life than work? That there is so much more to life than working that extra overtime to climb up the ladder to get that next promotion?
We talked about money.
Money is the root of all evil. But we need it.
Most of the problems we have today have the common root cause of money. We discussed the corruption with the pharmaceutical companies & the problems with greed.
Why is it that many of the super successful people have so much more than enough to live comfortably yet they constantly are on the hunt for more?
Why is it never enough for them?
Why are they constantly in competition to be the best of the best?
These people have it all but why aren’t they happy?
We talked about love.
I asked them how they met.
Her eyes lit up when she glanced over at him. You can tell she’s still so deeply in love with this man, and he with her, it’s adorable.
They met online by the way..
“We love to love”, she says.
Just from my two weeks in Europe, I’ve recognized this to be true. People are so much more open to the idea & expression of love here than I have noticed in America.
In America, it’s almost perceived as abnormal, I feel, especially in today’s hookup culture, to allow yourself to fall completely vulnerable to love.
It seemed as if the idea of love & genuine relationships was so far out of reach and was instead replaced with meaningless sex.
And yet we wonder why people are becoming so lonely..
We talked about the dangers of comfort zones.
I told her about the certain aspects of my life where I felt that I no longer was experiencing personal growth.
It felt stagnant, but stable. I felt bored, but comfortable. Complacent, but secure.
I knew deep down that it was time for me to move onto the next chapter of my life but I was grasping on so tightly to this facet of my life because it felt safe.
I mean, we all like to feel safe, right?
But when this part of your life is no longer serving a constructive purpose in your life, would that truly be considered the safe option to pursue?
And finally, we talked about my future.
‘Please, my Cindy, do not worry about this’ she tells me, as I confided in her about all of my worries & fears for the future.
“You’re going to do great things, you’re going to have a great love, you’re going to have a family of your own”, she says with a smile.
I wanted to cry. Happy tears though. I felt so many vivid emotions throughout the five hours speaking to this woman. For me to be able to feel these emotions when speaking to her.. well, it really says something about the person she is because I usually bottle up my emotions. I don’t normally allow myself to express or even feel emotions but with her, it felt so natural. I felt so safe & comfortable sharing everything with her.
She truly is an angel. Her heart, pure gold. I’m so blessed to have met this woman & her husband along the way of my travels.
These two have endless love for human kind, nature, life. If only they knew the significant impact they have made in my life, and I’m sure the lives of the many other visitors who they’ve openly welcomed into their homes.
So so incredibly blessed. My heart is so full : )