As I sit in my room late at night unpacking my suitcase of clothes, which seem to smell of our apartment and holiday somehow, I can’t help but reflect on my gorgeous holiday in Puerto Pollensa. We (me, my mum and stepdad) got back last night and to say the least I didn’t want to come back. We stayed in Puerto Pollensa last year too and during the holiday fell in love with it and started to feel like a local so we knew we had to return again.
Late night cocktails, meals in fairylit courtyards, strolling the streets of Old Pollensa town,Vespa rides at 2am and the sound of crickets whilst you sleep is something I could definitely get used to.
It’s hard to put into words how special this place has become, it has a certain charm and character about it and I feel really at home there. All I can say about it is that I feel a piece of my heart is there and now I’ve returned home my heart won’t have that piece filled until next time. Like a missing jigsaw piece. Sounds clichéy but it’s true, holidays make you think a lot about things at home and your life. What if I did a Shirley Valentine and just left everything behind because I’d found myself and my true happiness, who would miss you, what would you miss, who would care. It really opens your eyes to how amazing the world is and how life is to be explored,maybe not always following paths you expected but it makes you question what really matters to you, the people you have in your life, your passions and purposes.
I wandered around the streets of Puerto Pollensa on my own for the day and usually you may feel out of place or apprehensive about being abroad out on your own, however I felt the absolute opposite, it excited me, made me feel free and I loved it. I felt like I was at home, I felt like I belonged and it made me so happy. It’s interesting how much you find out about yourself when you travel, what makes you feel alive and realise we only have one life and we must live it. It’s so easy to get caught up with the day to day stuff at home and let your wellbeing slip without you even always realising. So it’s good and very important to take time away, distance yourself from things and zone back into yourself and your mental health and happiness. People forget that you need to find your inner happiness and get to know yourself more and more everyday through situations and scenarios as you do change and grow,physically and mentally. And that’s SUCH a great thing. One thing I’ve learnt this year is that deciding on your career and future shouldn’t be pressured and rushed, I know what my passion is and that’s performing but there’s such a pressure these days to just jump into your career and education without learning about yourself and gaining life experiences, much more valuable than writing an essay (but I guess that’s another topic I could do a blog post on haha).
I’ve also learnt to try to live in the present moment rather than stressing about what’s to come, live in the here and now because everything becomes a memory. Enjoy what you’re doing and push yourself out of your comfort zone and if something isn’t making you happy distance yourself and it will all reveal and things will work out how they should. Everything happens for a reason but sometimes we can’t see the reason, but that’s ok.
‘Not all who wander are lost’.