What did I have to wait for so many years? I wrote this post around my birthday anniversary and it is about one of my favorite topics – making your dreams come true and about the path that needs to be taken and also about happy and conscious life in harmony with ourselves.
But let’s start from the beginning. I started learning Spanish as a little girl, a bit by accident but certainly because I really wanted to and liked this language very much. Although it was a long time ago and in Poland, the country I was born there was no much about learning Spanish at that time. I wrote more on this topic in this post. I remember that my Spanish subscription course was regularly brought home by the postman (how does it sound in the era of ebooks or audiobooks? :D). I also remember that in the fourth issue of this course there was a text about Machu Picchu. I remember this picture well. I thought then wow place like a fairy tale, it would be nice to go there. Similarly to the Spanish Machu Picchu it was not so popular then and certainly not so touristic. I knew nothing about Peru as an eight-year-old, except that Peru is definitely not in Europe, so far away. But in times without internet, I went to the room of my older brother who had such a huge atlas of the world that I always liked and where I checked where exactly this fabulous place is located.
Years went by, I continued my adventure with Spanish. I travelled a lot, I lived in Canada for a year and I wanted to fly to Peru very much, but once again the plans did not makeup and then despite the fact that I visited other parts of South America at the time but I was unable to reach Peru. Not once was I frustrated that why I can’t go there yet, although I really wanted to. Later, I had other travel priorities than South America, or maybe I just knew that a two-week vacation there is not enough for me.
Until one winter evening, I remember that it was December, I sat down and did not write down New Year’s resolutions or plans for the coming year. I wrote an action plan, but I didn’t spend the first few days searching the internet and looking for information. The overwhelming amount of information did not make things easier, but I somehow felt that if not now, when and that I could not put off my dreams for later. The perfect moment will not come and nobody will make a decision for me and that there will always be something I will have to sacrifice and difficult decisions and many other arguments for them.
What’s more, I went further and decided to “settle” a few dreams at one go.
I decided to combine this dream with another big dream I wrote about here, i.e. volunteering in South America. It is from my railways my dream from high school, where I was involved in Poland in various actions to help countries in need and then I promised myself that someday I would go there to help myself.
Definitely, such a trip resulted in many stressful conversations and decisions. Finding volunteering is not easy at all, although there are quite a few offers on the internet. Later, an application for volunteering and sending all necessary documents. Doctor visits and vaccinations. Budget analysis and planning, buying airline tickets. Moving out of a rented apartment. Many farewell meetings and many questions that I didn’t answer myself because I didn’t know how it would be, but I knew that at least I wanted to try.
“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” Paulo Coelho
I really like this quote from Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and I know that there is a lot of truth in it. Especially when we swap worrying to much for faith that everything will work out as it is best for us. Exactly like this I was able to go to do volunteer work I wanted. It was one of the hardest but most beautiful experiences in my life. After volunteering in Colombia, I knew that this time I would definitely fly to Peru. What’s more, flight dates ideally matched the dates and so a few days before my 30th birthday I ended up in Peru. On my birthday, I stood in front of a place that until now I knew only from photos and videos, and which as a little girl was impressed so much.
I also remember that the night before I couldn’t sleep, and to get to Machu Picchu is required to get up very early, but I wasn’t tired at all. I even prepared a small picnic, I found a non-crowded place, which is not always easy, but this did not worry me much.
It is ok that I had to wait for it for such a long time. It is ok that it was not an easy journey, which I had to plan myself from beginning to end. The feelings that accompanied me visiting Machu Picchu and all of Peru are difficult to describe. Without a doubt, it was the best gift I gave myself. Happiness, joy and immense pride in the fact that this little Kasia did not forget about what she always dreamed about and finally made these dreams happened.
With this post, I want to show you and encourage you to first have these dreams, and secondly work for them. And although it won’t always be possible to accomplish them immediately, sometimes you may have to put them off for a while. Then don’t give up and don’t forget about them. Have that intention in your heart and believe in the right timing. Everything in our life happens exactly when it is going to happen and it happens for something. It is worth dreaming but even more worth fighting for these dreams. This does not mean that you have to quit everything that you have now, but work slowly on these dreams. Maybe I will sound a bit brutal at the end, but it’s better to live live you have always wanted because you only live once, so it’s worth living this life to the fullest.
I wish you many accomplished dreams and plans