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Another month and a new trait to explore.
This month it is open-mindedness that I am exploring... this does not mean that I will be open-minded enough to do something that I do not want to do/think/say, but it does mean that I am going to try and be more open to new and interesting ideas, to explore activities and concepts outside of my usual, and not reject activities/concepts/stories at the outset. I think this month is going to involve a lot of mindfulness and reflection... it should be interesting.
Since writing the above I have got my research project for uni started and I have popped on a plane to Canada. I am now in Toronto staying with my wonderful friend and soul sister Tara and I am loving it. I have been here almost two days now and I have been challenged, opened, and revealed, and come to the realisation that I am more open-minded and accepting then I give myself credit for.
And standing in this openness I am stronger, in my own sense of what is right for me, and finding beauty in what is right for other people. It is seeing other people so comfortable in their skin, in their differences, in their acceptance of themselves and others, that has made me reflect on my own acceptance of myself and what this means for me now and in the future. In the space of two days I have come to question what is it that I want in life, and be open to confronting blocks I know I haven't even faced or acknowledged before, and being open to facing what it is that is causing these blocks.
Travel is transformational, and I think this is why I love it so much. To be exposed .... to new cultures and ideas, but to .... be exposed, in the sense that your self is exposed beyond measure, imagination, and want. To crack that shell of what is closed, to open to life as it is right here and right now, and to not be afraid; to step boldly forward trusting in your own self and judgement, knowing that what is laid out before you is for you to decide.
This should be interesting....