I think Rhianna said it best when she said, ‘work, work, work!’ Little did I know what a scholarly sage this scorching songstress turned out to be, with a week dominated by my day job. How awful! But to quote James Allen, ‘tempest-tossed souls, wherever you may be, under whatever conditions you may live, know this: In the ocean of life the isles of blessedness are smiling and the sunny shore of your ideal awaits your coming. Keep your hands firmly upon the helm of thought’. A sunny shore you say? I’m coming, wait for meeeeee!!
Amongst the work is the preparation for the reward: another jaunt overseas to two new countries, Norway and Japan, and with the bonus of spending time with my family on a foreign holiday. A good deal of me is looking forward to travelling through a smorgasbord of Scandinavian delights: it’s enthralling fjords; vast open landscape filled with fresh air and greenery; mesmeric railways journeys; a culture advanced by technology and forward-thinking. On the other hand, I’ll be with my family. I love them dearly, but after two or three days they’ll absolutely get on my tits. As all families should, I suppose.
As for Japan, I’ve only heard wonderful things. I have read and consumed a travel book to brace myself, and then promptly forgot every single word of it, which is a shame. I would love to consume knowledge on the flight over, but since I fully intend to be drug addled out of my mind for the entire journey, it makes reading difficult. Or doing anything quite difficult. Working is right out! I’ve actually just googled Rhianna’s ode to the joy of work, and found that there are actually other lyrics than the three words I know. And it’s apparently a love-song. Who knew?!
Travelling apps: Maps.me for free downloaded maps of countries (great off-line); GPSMyCity for self-guided walking tours (keeps crashing); relevant DJI Apps for my drone; Framelapse for time-lapse work; and of course a few books should I find myself in a tight spot. Recently downloaded: Marcus Aurelias’ Meditations; and Regrets of the Dying by Bonnie Ware, a palliative nurse. Really hoping some of those regrets don’t include a tour of whaling countries and family holidays.
Image reference: https://worthyblog.com/work-harder-on-yourself-rather-than-on-your-work/
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