I’m now grateful to think back at how I had so many reasons not to do it, yet still went ahead with it all. Reasons for not traveling alone, reasons for not my starting my own business, reasons for not choosing this uncertain road which has now become my life. There were always reasons not to do something.
If it wasn’t my parents failing health, it was my career obligations, if it wasn’t my general inexperience, it was my lack of talent and if it wasn’t the absence of money or time, it was the fear and uncertainty that come with starting a new adventure of any kind.
In Vietnam this week, I was passing a strange local on the street in a small town near the North when I found myself engaging in a conversation with a local on a motorbike, that would usually have been ignored:
“Where do you want to go?”
“Take me somewhere I won’t forget” I replied half joking.
He began tightening the strap around his chin and held out a spare helmet.
“I know a place” he said.
Rising dramatically out of the earth, karst limestone peaks were now towering overhead, as tranquil rivers rushed past with glimpses of buffalo, farmers and dainty wooden shacks. It was real Vietnam, wild, unspoiled and almost timeless. Riding along that beaten dirt track I felt my heart swell as we travelled deeper into the jungle and wondered what would have happened had I said no, nothing – nothing would have happened.
Shut up and Go
He was right, he knew a place and riding beneath that green canopy in the shadow of breathtaking peaks, I remembered that sometimes you need to let go of the reigns to find what you’re looking for, sometimes you need to trust in order for something to happen and then sometimes you don’t need a reason for anything at all, for sometimes you just need to shut up and go.
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