“Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” ― Denis Waitley
It was in Himeji, that I finally realised that maybe I like things that are considered boring by the standards of society – but moreover that I can be okay with that. So that’s what I did. I started to feel more and more comfortable in my own skin and brain. I started to feel grateful for myself, for the people I met during my trip, the people back at home, grateful for the world and the opportunities I was given. And I started doing exactly what I felt like doing.
I made myself a little promise to do that the rest of the trip – and not feel guilty if I ‘missed’ anything. Because I treated myself this way (with dignity and respect is maybe too much to say) and because I treated each moment with love and gratitude – I couldn’t blame myself for anything that I did or didn’t do. And that was good… and unfortunately also new. I’m still trying to pursue this.
It is futile to continue to blame yourself for things you did or didn’t do. Especially when you realise that, at the time, you did the best you could.
Because of my state of mind, Himeji was a bit of a strange place for me. But it was wonderful. The castle is truly beautiful, and the city has a very relaxed atmosphere.
One thing I could say though, the hostel I stayed at was interesting. The beds were very firm, a bit like wooden planks covered with a thin cotton sheet. The people were nice, but a bit strange. And the shower was, well… build in the backyard? But then again, I was on a bit of a budget, ha!
Next up: Takamatsu, the first stop of my Shikoku shenanigans. I will try to blog a bit about real-time Louise-life too, in the meantime.
Until soon, I hope you’re well!