XLIX/ Life does not look back

“On the road, the best is to get lost. Once you’ve lost your way, projects make room to surprises and only then the real journey begins.”

So I’m now half way through my trip. Currently taking a break in Paris in order to write while drinking red wine; Hank moody would be proud of me. And even though I’m not a big fan of this city, I find this place quite inspiring I must say.

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.”

I’m sure y’all know these periods of life when among your friends you see several long-term couples breaking up all at the same time for no apparent reason. It’s crazy because during spring, you’d actually expect the exact opposite, the nice days are back and you’d think people would tend to start relationships and new projects but they ain’t. In fact, all I see around me these days are people breaking up. So goes life I guess.

Sometimes life doesn’t follow our plans, but as far as I know it doesn’t mean that you gotta passively endure what life is trying to impose on you. No matter what the situation is, there’s always something that you can take advantage of.
The value of a man is measured in his ability to bounce back from any given situation.
Too many people don’t understand that life is not about being perfect but being happy. And some will struggle all their life swimming against the current. Let go and let yourself go, the most damaged people are the wisest.
Fear does not prevent death. It prevents life.

“Welcome to the real world, where people lose things they love.”
So of course, someday you’ll wake up and all your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth. And yes, this feeling of sudden emptiness may make you feel like someone had pushed off a cliff when you least expected it. Only you do not feel crushed down at the foot of the cliff – but you’re no longer standing on top of it either. You’re just there, hanging in the air and you think to yourself that maybe, life is giving you a second chance.
Life leaves us the choice to make it an accident or an adventure.
One must forgive, and forgive oneself in order to turn a page.

Open your eyes kid, nothing’s ever over and sometimes you need to get slapped in the face in order to move on. This kind of difficult separations happen to everyone, though it’s not so dramatic as long as life carries on. Sometimes you just gotta stop living in the past. Sometimes you just have to cast off the moorings in order to set off again with a lighter heart.

“After closing the door that leads you nowhere, throw away the key. Because our tendency is to look back and regret.”
Real contemporary love stories take place on railway platforms or in airports and they are measured in latency between two text messages.
We’ll meet again, but not now.

“I wanna cry and I wanna love but all my tears have been used all.”

It’s terrible how I no longer believe in those things given what I see around me. Whatever, I’m not giving in. To me, everything happens for a reason, and everything shits for the best.
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

So far in my trip I’ve been to Heidelberg, Cologne, Strasbourg, Nancy, Neufchâteau and I’m now in Paris. And Belgium is coming up soon..!
Sometimes you just need to swap landscapes. To stay is to exist, but to travel is to live and because if we were meant to stay in the same place, we’d have roots and not feet. Ain’t nothing easy in the fact of leaving, but there’s everything to be gained.

“Life is a train that stops at no stations; you either jump abroad or stand on the platform and watch as it passes.”

I have changed address so often, I have lost my hopes and landmarks, but I have many friends. And some of them are with me. The frontiers are my prison. Though it’s been a long way already, and sometimes I fear that there’s no promised land. Due to several intense conversations with different great friends of mine that I’m currently visiting, I find myself in some new self-questioning period. I mean, where does all that is gonna take me?? When and where is it gonna stop?
Because it got to a point where I definitely find it easier to go ahead and start over from scratch every day than to stay somewhere and fight. “Another day, another challenge”; this is pretty much how I’ve been living life those past four years but I’m starting to doubt now, isn’t that beginning to be a bit of a coward behavior?

“Ignoring your passion is slow suicide. Never ignore what your heart pumps for. Mold your career around your lifestyle, not your lifestyle around your career.”
I know I can never completely get done with travels; it’s become a part of me over time. Besides, it’s raining job offers these days. After having had the choice between several tempting offers, I finally picked a hotel on the French west coast for this summer. Let’s make more money before I set off again to Canada..! My life is such a contradiction I know.

For one road you take, how many other do you leave behind?


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