I arrived in Rome yesterday for a family vacation with 24 of my family members. We are staying in a gorgeous villa called La Tartaruga Sabina.
What has really struck me thus far is all the beauty surrounding me in every direction. It's easy to just sleep of the jet lag, or stay in and watch Netflix, but in the long run you'll wish you hadn't. I've always enjoyed exploring my surroundings, and I think it is a really important aspect of life. Their is so much wonder around us every day, and all we have to do is look for it.
Between the fields of sunflowers, the mountains, the animals and the gorgeous landscaping, there is so much here to investigate. I know back at home I often get stuck in the same mundane routine, but going to a new place always makes me realize that I need to open my eyes. Fall in love with the world around you. I bet there are even places in your home town, or the next town over that you've never even been to before.
Don't be afraid of change or experiencing something new. You may be comfortable in your safe, known world, but if you venture out you will find endless possibilities and adventures. Getting comfortable is okay, but if you only hold on to what's good for you now then you could be missing out on something better.
Wander, travel, explore. As the wise Pema Chödrön said, "Like all great explorers, we are drawn to discover what's out there without knowing yet if we have the courage to face it." Stop shying away from life, face the beauty of the world around you and step outside your comfort zone. And while I'm lucky enough to be in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, you can do it anywhere. Take a walk, take some pictures, let the explorer in you take over.
Here are some pictures of my explorations so far! I'm going to try to blog as much as possible while I'm here :) Enjoy.