Just the other day, I did a spontaneous trip down south to visit my parents who live approximately 450km away from us.
I was given the opportunity in the morning and decided to take action and go (as you know, both taking action and spending more time with my family are very high on my priority list)!
It is a smaller town in the southern part on Sweden so there is normally not that much going on but it is easy to enjoy nature as it is just around the corner and that is something I truly appreciate.
When I was sitting on the stairs in front of the house one morning, looking out over our quiet street a feeling of warmth, peace and inner tranquility came over me. At first I didn’t understand why or what had just happened but it was a great and harmonic feeling of true inner joy.
As I started to think about the emotions that had just arisen, I came to the insight that my parents’ place is my “free zone”. To me this place is so close to my heart because of all the nostalgia and positive feelings and emotions I experienced when growing up here. As I was sitting on the stairs, I was going through old memories, looking out over the street and my friends’ former houses (most of the kids I grew up with have moved) I felt inner tranquility and peace.
After some more contemplation my conclusion was that this place is the place where I feel I can be myself to 100%, my parents know me as well as I do (well almost anyway) and all my positive experiences and emotions I have had growing up here makes me feel that inner joy and tranquility most of us are chasing all the time.
An episode in my life, which I think speaks volumes and support my above conclusion is our Christmas celebration. It has been celebrated in more or less the exact same manner every year for as long as I can remember. A few years back, I was living and working in the UK but used to come home to celebrate Christmas. During that period of my life, I worked too much, stressed too much, partied too much which meant my body was taking a beating. Every time I came home over Christmas and after our Christmas lunch, I would feel soooo relaxed (that I would almost fall asleep, well actually some times I did!). That kind of relaxation I had not felt since the previous Christmas! Unfortunately I did not pay to much attention to my body’s signals back then so after Christmas it was business as usual again.
But when I was sitting in front of our house the other day, these Christmas days popped up in my mind as well because they gave me a similar feeling. I was with the people I love, we were celebrating Christmas and just having an amazing time, where everybody knows each other extremely well so we can all be at ease with ourselves. I am so grateful for having these people in my life!
I am so glad I have been given this insight because that means I can enjoy it even more and I guess it helps as I have stepped out of societies conformity trap to serve you via our platform.
What I am hoping is that you, by reading this short post, can think of a time or a place where you get the same feelings of inner tranquility, peace and joy and then trying to understand why in order for you experience it as often as possible! Knowledge is not everything and it is only power once you decide to use it so please do and enjoy your time with your close ones and remember not trying to be anyone else, just be you and be proud of who you are.