It’s paradise as I laze on pure white sand on our tiny Maldavian island, sipping a cocktail, with not a care in the world.
In the distance, on the horizon, I see a windsurfer skimming the turquoise waters. It’s actually my newly wed hub and the thought crosses my mind, I wonder if he’ll come back.
He does. Bonus! Languid days are spent island hopping and snorkeling in crystal clear warm waters. They end with luxurious body massages.
Dinner is served nightly by our smiling waiter Moousa, barefoot under the stars, underneath a blazing sunset, the sky golden and as vibrant as a lovers caress.
Okay, wake up girl!
My imagination is working overtime but, hey, a girl’s gotta dream, right?
My honeymoon in the Maldives was a long time ago, 25 years in fact.
In reality I’m sweltering in Melbourne’s scorching heat and my main drink is water with the occasional glass of wine with dinner.
I’m dealing with insurance issues and, as for any massages, well, I have to be content with the occasional neck rub, that’s if I’m able to coerce the other half!
BUT there has been a touch of the exotic in my life too.
The Universe put on a spectacular show last week with the full moon/eclipse taking centre stage. At the same time I released our newest song on my post Planting Dreams.
We’ve also enjoyed some lively social outings, like the glitzy 1920s birthday celebration held by good friends a few weeks ago.
The setting was elaborate, complete with a gala red carpet and curtain, reminiscent of the showbiz set from The Greatest Showman. Dressed in our 1920s attire it was glamorous, colorful and lots of fun.
In reality it’s the small things that make life exotic. We don’t need the island luxuries, the cocktails and the pampered life.
Sure, it’d be nice but, at the end of the day, what matters is what brings us contentment and what makes up the fabric of our life.
The friendships, the laughs, those spontaneous moments of joy, the last minute camping trips, the music, movies and concerts that transport us out of the ‘every day’ into another world, even if only for a short time.
It’s those special times that give our days – and us – that extra internal zing and spark.
We all have them, whether we believe it or not, in our memories and our waking life.
You know the ones, the frothy cappuccinos, the unexpected lunch date with a good friend, the early morning walk and a kind greeting that leads to a chat with a stranger.
Even nature showcases her exotic side at times.
Like the colorful flowers we find and the fruit that hangs on branches, not quite ripe but on its way.
Sometimes the most exotic thing is the anticipation of what’s to come.
The thrill, the planning and the excitement of what’s around the corner.
All of these moments can literally turn our ordinary days into extraordinary ones.
Let’s all find that exotic spark inside us and dare to live the life we desire. Focus on what you’re passionate about.
Don’t let anything hold you back.
Step out of your comfort zone, and try something new today. It might be as simple as wearing a different color, something bold and bright. Or read something completely different.
Remember, the way you feel and the way you think will ultimately determine the life you live.
So, what do you want from life?
Dare to dream it and consider that it might just come true.
Here’s to loving life and enjoying the journey.
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