I gave a presentation tonight about the journey of becoming an expatriate and a repatriate. I had an outline and food and props and shared my story with women who are great friends, which made for a comfortable audience. Most of the women had followed along with me through my blog and knew the highlights and virtually joined me on our one year adventure abroad.
So I decided to share the feelings and stories behind the story, kind of a behind the scenes version of the tour. I think they liked it, as they asked me to share another story, a version 2, another time. This made me very happy, as I am generally uncomfortable presenting to an audience and feel like I talk too much.
I shared what it was like to make the decision to move to another country. I talked about all the gritty details of the transitions and getting us out the door and into a new home in the Netherlands and back again. I shared the sad goodbyes, the anxious arrivals, the settling in, the exploration, and the return to our homeland.
I shared the lessons learned, both positive and negative.
What I learned, is that a year goes by very quickly, faster than you really think. It’s important to try new things and to not let our fears stop us from experiencing life. I think that we can do anything we set our minds to do, and that if we want something, really want something, and set a goal, we can do anything for a month, or maybe even a year or two or three. It’s not forever and we have so much to experience and try, if we trust our heart and not our fears.
And so I challenged the brave ones to come up and try some salty, Dutch licorice powder. This was a heavenly treat for me growing up, and one that I loved and used to prank my friends, just to see their reactions
They were good sports and I had a good laugh!! I don’t think they liked it much, but I was sure proud of them for trying!!
Life is good, my friends! Live it up, love it out and enjoy your precious time on this great, big planet. xo