It is About You

Just some thoughts I was thinking whilst on the plane.

Feel free to leave your thoughts and interpretations in the comments!

You need to go find yourself. 
 You need your journeys alone. 
 To explore. 
 To spend time with yourself.



 But you need a base. 
 You need to settle yourself, ground yourself.
 You need to have something you know you can rely on. 
 Something that won't run away when you are at your lowest.
 You need a passion. Not an obsession. That's something different.
 Something you know you can always do.
 
Some find it in family.
 But even family is not always permanent. 
 You need something intrinsic.
 What is this thing?
 It's a knowing.
 It's an activity.
 A ritual.
Not so tangible.
 It's a mantra.
 Find it for you. 
 Only you.

 Everyone is different, so it's different for everyone.
 But when you find your thing.
 When you discover what you need.
 When you realise your own truth.
 It won't matter where you are.
 It won't matter how you are.
 It won't matter what you've done.
 How high up, or how low down.
 You have that thing to always return to.

 It's you.
 The true you.

 Everything that you know is within you.
 Every good trait you once had.
 Every positive action you took.
 Every happy showing you gave.
 Every exceptional display of greatness; No matter for how long.
 It's all that's good about you.

 That is you. 

 The negatives are just moments of weakness. 
 The negatives need not be the finale.
 The negatives go down. They disappear. 
They don't add to your life.

 You do bad, you do good.
 But you are not bad. 
 You are good.

 Know it. 
 Rely on it
 Believe it.
 Do more of it. 

Heading into the Big Badalona Woods

The other day, I headed straight to Sants Estacio to make my way to Badalona. It’s a municipality just North-East of Barcelona, check out the map below for the exact location.

Once I had arrived, my initial intention was to just walk straight up north into the large green area. I was going to take the path northwest to Montcada I Reixac and take the train back.

Oh, but things never go as planned. This I learnt all too well, that one fine day. The journey that was going to be about two hours became more like nine. Worth it though!

Parc de Montigalà

When you come out of the station at Badalona, there’s a suggestion of a hike that you can take. The hike leads you to through the city and then to the  mountain range. So I took this route and found my first stop in Parc de Montigalà.

Walking through the park was like most parks really, quiet, full of nature and just rather peaceful.

When I had walked through to the other side, I found myself in a mix of a retail park and a industrialised looking area. I headed into the shopping centre and had a bite to eat, read by book, and carried on my merry way.

Attempting to follow my original route proved a little challenging. Roads weren´t where they should be, others turned out to be uncross-able motorways. However with a little determination, to at least find the entrance, I altered my course. Finally I walked through some residential area and at the other end… voilà!

Parc de la Serralada de Marina

This area of land contains vasts spans of views, various ruins and buildings and numerous other sights.  My first port of call was Creu de Montigalà which is a cross at the top of a hill. From this point you can start to plan where you might want to walk to next.

 

Ca L´Alemany is the direction I headed. It´s an old farmhouse located in the valley of Bethlehem and St. Jerome. This is a great spot to just sit and take a rest, have a read and also to take some self-portraits.

When I had sufficiently taken in the ruins, I headed up towards the Monastery known as  Sant Jeroni de la Murtra to see what all the fuss was about.

As I made my way in that direction, I had not seen one person, just heard the tweeting of birds and the rustle of leaves in the wind.

I steadily got closer and closer until I heard the rather melodic tune of the tower bells playing. There was also a group of children seemingly on a school trip, people going on their midday run and cyclists starting their route through the mountains. I had suddenly found civilisation.

 

After this point, I had a decision to make:

  • Carry on along the path in front, explore some more and see what I can find
  • Try and find another route back to the station
  • Turn around and walk back on the same route I came

I chose the first. And I saw so much.

 

Transforming Your Life in an Instant

Over time I’ve constantly sought new goals, trying new things and rarely succeeding in any of them. It’s the expectation that if you want something bad enough, you’ll get it in an instant.

Though that’s not the case.

They say if you want it bad enough, you’ll find a way. Otherwise, you’ll find an excuse and give up.

This all comes down to your mindset you have when looking to achieve. The problem isn’t so much desire as it it knowing how to realise that desire.

Maybe you want to be in that ultimate job or become an expert in guitar. Perhaps you want to be able to run a 4-minute mile or learn to take photos like me!

Your goal isn’t the issue, it’s not even unrealistic, it’s that you’re lacking something vital.

Patience

It took me about 5 hours to get to this viewpoint, walking, step by step, little by little

With patience you don’t expect to receive something quickly.

You expect to wait.

You allow yourself to take your time.

And with patience, you find yourself working towards your goal day by day whilst learning to appreciate the process along the way.

If you’re not enjoying  the journey, savouring what each day  brings you, you won’t appreciate the destination, or even worse, you won’t realise it when you’re there.

Set Small Goals

Once you understand the need for patience with yourself, it’s hard to figure out how to put that into practice. Set yourself small achievable goals with no time frame in which to achieve it, but instead to do something towards it everyday.

For example, I set myself the challenge of reading more. I aimed to read the book, “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari”  by reading it daily. It didn’t matter if I read one word or 20 pages. What mattered is that I opened the book and saw the inside.

Over time I found myself reading more pages each time. I even ended up taking it with me on my explorations as I became more excited about what would come next.

Then on Tuesday when I went on a hike, I ended up losing it about ten pages before I would have finished it. My heart dropped when I discovered my loss (though hopefully someone finds it and it becomes their gain).

The spot where I suspect I lost my book

In the past, this would have made me given up. Instead I bought the book again. I finished it in  a total of just over two weeks.

Build yourself a little habit, that’s good for your future, because it builds up until it becomes something incredible.

It is vital though, that you have a little patience with yourself.