Why is it so hard sometimes to follow our own path? I am here by myself in Iceland in the middle of winter, and I honestly have’t felt this free and happy in a long time. It’s hard to describe this sense of inner freedom. I think my environment is merely reflecting my own personal growth.
To change, you have to be willing to take a step forward, away from your comfort zone. For me, my comfort zone was living in the U.S., being close to my family and friends, doing work that wasn’t really inspiring me. I can only speak for myself, but I started change the moment I decided that I would change. I set the intention that I would be a different kind of person than how I use to be. Einstein said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. It’s very true.
So, how do you get out of this rut? That’s the million dollar question isn’t it? Little by little, I would say. It really isn’t some dramatic event like I thought. Like my teachers from USM said, “growth is a process, not an event.”
I started with something minor. I decided I would do a little bit of exercise, mainly ab crunches, hip raises, and reverse crunches. I started out with 30, and then I added one extra every single day, until I get to 100. Now, I can do 300 ab crunches, 100 hip raises, and 100 reverse crunches in a single session. It’s nice to see the physical change in my body. As a result, I feel stronger.
A simple change can trigger other major changes. Then, I was called to come to Iceland. I went through a lot of contemplation about this. It’s not an easy thing to do obviously. There are major obstacles emotionally and financially. It just seems so “out there.” I do feel like I am on Mars right now. It just feels so crazy that I would be looking at the ocean and mountain in Iceland.
What I did first was that I bought a one-way ticket. The financial commitment was a push. It was only $290, not so expensive that it will derail me in any way. I thought, if I didn’t go, it wouldn’t be a big deal to waste the ticket. It made it easy for myself in my mind. I needed to soothe my little ego because it was freaking out!
Then, the next step was to find some kind of housing. I waited until a couple of weeks before I left to book the room on Airbnb. The process of booking required me to listen to my heart. Originally, I was just going to book the cheapest ticket. Then, I thought, NO. I would find a room that really called to me and would benefit me somehow. Before I knew it, I found a room at an artist's residence!
It’s crazy, but this whole place is called the Studio in Iceland, owned by someone who has a record label company. I am SURROUNDED by artists. They have 5-6 pianos, several major recording rooms, and a concert-hall like room with all the equipment. My heart just dropped when I saw this place.
I guess you just never know where you would end up. So, follow your own path. Go down that rabbit hole. That’s the only way you can really let the Universe surprise you with amazing things in life.