Camel Riding in Luxor
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Happy Saturday Lovelies!!
I hope you all had a fantastic week. My life has been so crazy as per usual and to be honest this is my first Saturday in three weeks that I'm not spending in the office HALLELUJAH. Yes...true story. So where do I even begin? I guess with a camel ride in Luxor, Egypt?! Just go with it. I returned from my trip to Egypt almost exactly 4 months ago and my life has not been the same since. Every uncertainty, every lingering unanswered question, somehow miraculously came to light and now here I am finally at peace.
I lost old friends and made new ones. I finally landed a creative corporate fashion job in July, and got my visa to stay in New York. I pushed myself further and further out of my comfort zone to the point that I don't even recognize my own life anymore. And even though I continue to walk the same streets, nothing feels the same.
So what does this all have to do with a camel ride in Luxor you ask?! Well I'll tell you. My trip to Egypt was prompted by a longing for control in an otherwise very uncertain life. I wanted to be shaken out of my perpetual state of anxiety, and reminded of the thrill of discovering something new. Riding on that camel through a local village in Luxor, just days before returning to New York, I can remember still thinking of all the unanswered questions that lay ahead, but finally feeling strong enough to face the truth.
Now when I look back at this photo I see all the things I didn't in that moment and I'm happy. I'm not who I was then, but I'm remarkably proud of everything I've accomplished since. So here I am today, thinking of my travel plans for the end of the month, the exciting new illustration opportunities on my plate, the direction I want my blog to go in, the creative challenges I'm thrilled by at work, and I'm more excited than I've ever been. I realize and accept that the most important things in life are almost always worth the wait.
Wishing you a beautiful weekend ahead and the courage to keep believing in your dreams.