There’s no Place like Home
There’s no place like home as the saying goes and according to Dorothy she longed for it having followed the yellow brick road to Oz.
My journey from September through to April had ben a magical trip through wonderful parts of the globe but i never did find the Tin Man, the Lion or the Scarecrow. Everyone i did encounter had a brain, showed courage and most definitely had a heart .
One thing that my trip had provided me with was the confirmation of what i love about the UK and most importantly home in Birmingham. I had forgotten or taken for granted my surroundings before i ventured off. I had stopped wearing my 360 degree lens. My gratitude towards what I have in my life has developed and deepened and i don’t just mean towards materialistic possessions. Im very rich in terms of happiness and love be that from both family members and friends.
I was anxious as you know about returning. I think anyone that has spent time away can relate to that because your family and friends back home have got on with their lives whilst your experiences abroad have been very personal to you.
I had made the decision to return and my anxiety was also matched with exciting. The flight back from Mumbai to Birmingham via a touch down in Dubai was 12 hours indulging in 3 films but with butterflies – apprehension, eagerness and anticipation all rolled into 1. I couldn’t stomach the inflight food.
On Easter Sundat at around 8.30am i caught the monorail from the airport back to New Street station and i could not believe how fast the past 8 months had gone. It only felt like the day before when i was going the other way to catch my first flight to Bangkok.
Family and friends welcomed me back with texts and whatsapp messages inviting me to do lunch, to grab coffee or a wee catch up. It was overwhelming in a positive way and i begun to make arrangements as i sat on the train shivering with cold as it pulled into Birmingham. Emotional hugs were exchanged with bro and bro-in-law at the station concourse and
I won’t go on about specific meets as each 1 has been different and private with my friend and i. However there has been similarities in meeting each and everyone of my friends so far. Everyone wants to hug me which was so lovely and to be reminded of how each of us smell is nice. It was interesting that i wasn’t all to go in to too much depth about my travels. that the depth is for me and for me only yet i did get a bit pissed off that i could have shared moe. Friends were quick to tell me about their lives in the 8 months i had been away and as i walked away i figured that travelling is something you do for yourself to hold in your head and doesn’t need to be interrogated. It would be nice to be asked a little more though and i suppose the next time my friends and i hook up more of my journey will be shared. So far seeing mates has been really special and my time away has taught me that my mates are great guys and important to my well-being and happiness.
I had envisaged that i would continue with time off for at least another month but i found myself being interviewed 6 days back in Birmingham. I have gone and got myself a 3 -day a week education consultant job with a local teaching school and I’m dead excited about it. One thing I’m going to pursue is to see if there can be links with a social enterprise venture i visited in Pushkar, Rajasthan. That would be so cool for both pupils and teachers.
I also met up with Bournville Community Hub to discuss yoga and me teaching Yin. The hub is a birmingham-based community that holds various daily activities. I will be teaching Yin Restorative Yoga there on Friday nights from 2nd June. See you there i hope on the mat at 6.15pm. I’m on the weekly timetable – get in and book – email@example.com cus there’s limited space.
As a result of getting work so quickly it also meant i needed to get transport. I had always said that I was going to purchase a scooter. To JumpThatScooter is exhilarating and you know that is what i live my life by. In this country though with rain, coldness and busy roads i thought at this stage a car would be more suitable, I found myself at garages test driving cars and talking full service history and TAX. I hadn’t driven for over 8 months so that was weird test driving on UK soil. A car will also help me transport my yoga props such as blocks and bolsters i suppose where a scooter couldn’t. I will have a scooter though at some point i know.
By the end of week 1 and back in the UK it felt like i had never been away but it was a good feeling. Week 1 was exhausting and i was glad of a nice comfortable bed at Viva. I had also spent that first week being amazed at how much building work had taken place in the city. Talk about quick erections.
My trip had given my mojo a fresh burst of energy and i needed this to face the return as well. Any travellers still out there i sure would say that you need energy to come back home with. Travelling is not a holiday and it is tiring so i am glad i stopped for 10 days to prepare for the return.
You all need cash.I definitely recommend returning with something in the bank. This does take the pressure off you slightly from having to find paid employment immediately – i can’t rely on the bank of dad at my age lol.
Take time too to settle back in to where you left. You have returned differently. Im not saying that i am not the Chris that left in September. I am but obviously the trip has had an impact on me. Things have changed and what will be interesting to see how i adapt and transfer those changes, those things that I’ve experienced to life back home.
Im hungry to teach yoga and I have met up with my yoga mates discussing future possibilities – bring it on. I think the future looks amazing as well as the now.
I also want to explore mental health and yoga and that is something I’m going to investigate further. Watch this space
I had also said when i was travelling that I’m going to volunteer a weekly yoga session to a local hospice. Can you believe that on Friday as i walk through Brindley Place the hospice is selling flowers and so i am able l to get a contact number – I’m going to be writing an email there once I’ve finished with this blog.
Im now spending time at a very dear friends and I’ve been dog sitting and feeling very energised and ready for my next ventures. Life is fantastic and i have had 10 days of loveliness being back laughing with family members and friends. I have also had and needed time by myself. That space is much needed as returning is overwhelming. You can feel slightly fazed by it all and familiar faces woking at you, all waiting on your every word about the trip. That’s a bit of a mind-fuck.
Staying positive and being positive attracts positivity. and success. Travellers are incredibly upbeat, encouraging and open-minded and fun and I’m going to continue surrounding myself with those kinds of guys. I’m not going anywhere near negativity and moaning and if i get the slightest sniff i will make sure i walk away and jump that scooter.
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