For a Brazilian who lives in Scotland like me, travelling to a warmer place is always a gift.
So I was really looking forward to our family summer holidays in Portugal.
I was imagining the sunny days, the heat, light clothes… So nice!
But do you know what happened?
It wasn’t as hot as I expected, there were cloudy days and I ended up using my fleece a good few times. “How unlucky!” I thought.
And not only that: as we were in the north of the country, the sea temperature was nearly as cold as in Scotland. No kidding!
I realized then that my options were very clear: to keep complaining about the weather, criticizing myself for the choice of destination and making myself a victim of the circumstances and blah, blah, blah for the rest of the holidays, or enjoy what I could even though the conditions were different from what I had dreamed of.
It wasn’t easy, I have to admit. After all, I had put all my coins in the one basket! I had moments of ups and downs (I caught myself many times hoping the weather forecast would be wrong!), of satisfaction and dissatisfaction, of feeling like running away somewhere warmer even though we had already paid for everything. In this last case James was my anchor: “You can go, I’ll stay here”.
In the end I did enjoy the Portuguese pastries, the moments of warmth and the fresh fruit from the market.
But what I enjoyed most was to remember that the choice is always, always mine independent of the experience being good or bad.
by Catia Vasconcelos
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