I would like to tell you about two ladies who have inspired me tremendously.
First of all, Elizabeth Gilbert, namely from her memoir Eat, Pray, Love. It is not a book I normally would have picked up, but shortly after meeting Babu I went away for the bank holiday, a work friend offered it to me to read when I had mentioned that I was lacking a book for the holiday. It only really appealed to me because of the India element to it, and having recently encountered my gorgeous Indian, I had hoped that perhaps it would give me a little insight into Indian culture. As it turned out, it was a brilliant read throughout, I was feeling in quite an encouragable state of mind and it helped give me the confidence and excitement that I am now feeling for my life and the adventures I want to have. I have a new-found love for travel, after all these years in relationships, my rebellious side needs to see the world! As for India, she talks a lot of the ancient Indian Yogic text – The Bhagavad Gita, the thing that was most prevalent to me that she pointed out was this…
“It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody elses life with perfection”
Which really made me think… I was living the life that everyone else lives, because… well… that’s what everyone does isn’t it? And it is what is expected – get education, get good job, get nice car, get nice man, get house, get married, have kids, raise kids, retire, done. Was it what I wanted? Which leads on nicely to this post here from a lady named Sharell Cook.
I can’t remember exactly how I came across Sharell’s blog Diary of a White Indian Housewife, most likely a Google search for something relating to inter-cultural relationships, but I am so very pleased I found it. Sharell is an Australian ex-pat now living in India with her Indian Husband and I cant help but feel that many of the experiences she has had will be experiences I may have in the future (good and bad). After making a comment on her blog she was the one who encouraged me to write my own, I simply cannot wait until her book is released, I know for sure it will be a brilliant read.
These ladies both inspired not only my enthusiasm and hope for the future, but also to get writing. I hope that one day, I, like them, will be inspiring and encouraging other people to follow their hearts as well.
I know I am still at the beginning, and still living in that box, but I am working on it, and as soon as my finances stop holding me back I will be running at that big wide world. I may not have too much too much to say right now, but hey, a story is no good if it doesn’t start somewhere!