Coming from Yorkshire I still get very excited when I see a palm tree as you certainly won’t find many, if any, there! To me they depict tropical holidays and far away places! “Where the wild things are!” (One of my favourite childhood books).
I just came from Beach Street in Melbourne where the road was lined with palms and once again I find them right outside my front door here in Cape Town! Isn’t life just one big tropical holiday all of a sudden! Well not quite but I am trying to keep my chin up whilst going through the (to be expected) anxiety brought on from moving to a new country. If you go back to some of my posts earlier in the year you will discover my excitement, trepidation and words of wisdom on how to settle in to a foreign land. Well I am trying to eat my own words right now!
I guess one needs to remember to take each day as it comes, there will be good days and bad days. Don’t be too hard on oneself when you have a day of disillusionment and nothing seems to be going your way, leaving you feeling isolated and disheartened. There is always the prospect of a brand new day tomorrow and the attitude as to how to tackle it is entirely in one’s own mind.
So today on my early morning walk to get the blood flowing, grab a coffee and find the local yoga studio (exercise always helps), I took hope and positivity from the beautiful winters day (rather similar to a pleasant English Summer’s day, so no complaints here!) and the strong tall palm trees which made me smile with holiday joy!
“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think”. Christopher Robin to Pooh – A.A.Milne