New Year’s Day 2011.
A beautiful (Southern Hemisphere) summer’s morning.
Lying in the hammock at Hahei and reading Dumbo Feather.
Inspiration hits me in an interview with Pia Jane Bijkerk (amazing Australian blogger/stylist, who coincidentally lived on a houseboat in Amsterdam) and her take on the truth of realizing dreams; how most people leave theirs sitting perfectly on the shelf, where they can keep them pristine and perfect and safely fantasize about ‘one day’ doing them VERSUS the brave few with the courage to take on those dreams and bring them into reality - sacrificing some of their dreamlike status for what you’ll achieve.
I remember lying there in that hammock, thinking about what dreams I was going to be ‘taking off the shelf’ as it were; moving overseas by myself and creating a new life, saying yes to experiences I normally wouldn’t etc.
Now, those dreams are well and truly off the shelf and form the basis of a reality I couldn’t imagine being without.
On the coffee table in my canal-side Amsterdam apartment lies Bijkerk’s memoir entitled The Heart That Wanders, a constant reminder of the celebration of taking risks, following your heart and your instincts, letting go of what was and could be and embracing a world of unfolding opportunities.