Hi, friend. Treasure moments without haste.
That’s what I learned when I was in staying in the Gold Coast.
The stories and the lessons
Where breakfast was concerned, I ate too much – and it was simply because I wanted to try every single dish made by my aussie friends, even though I knew i’d reached my limit – and therefore ended up with an unsettled tummy for a couple of days. If you mentally combine that with lunch and dinner… hmmm
I should’ve eaten slower, and tried less things when I’d enough. Grace, you incurable foodie!
On day 4, I think i might’ve woken up too early (5.30am) to catch a sunrise that actually took an hour to fully wake up from its slumber. I shouldn’t have ran to the beach in the freezing wee hours with alps tagging along behind me. I was also slightly snappish (mornings have that effect on me, coupled with the running…)
Next time I shouldn’t be so kia su lah. And i’d better sleep early if I wanna wake up early.
On day 5, I wanted to see many things, and didn’t want to waste any time because I felt like I needed to make the trip a worthwhile one, by stuffing my itinerary to the brim. It was so stuffed I hardly had time to think, really. Or to fully experience each change of scene.
If you enjoy the moment, stay in it a lil bit longer. Let time be lost for awhile, and let your thoughts engage entirely in it. If i’ve to sacrifice some time for shopping, so be it ;)
Throughout the trip I noticed a pattern in the conversations of the home-bred australians. They truly treasured conversation, treating the people they were talking to like royalty. For the whole 2 hours of talk, they didn’t seem to own handphones. They politely chucked them aside, not even looking at it except for the occasional time check (to see if its time for the next meal, that is). They dived into elaborate and sincere question and answer, talked so comfortably and descriptively that I was absolutely hypnotised and captivated as they spoke.
I need to take my itching hands off my phone, focus and set myself fully into conversation with the people I’m with.
It’s old news by now, but “You can’t turn back time”.
“Catch it if you can. The present is an invisible electron; its lightning path traced faintly on a blackened screen is fleet, and fleeing, and gone.” – Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard
Savour the moments you love as long as you want, and don’t allow yourself to be tempted by the pining of the unknown ‘next’.