I think I’m still thriving off the positive vibes that I basked in when I was in Bali! Bali was something special and I thoroughly enjoyed myself there. Through my adventures, I felt myself grow and I definitely took back some important lessons, so I thought to share them with you.
Let’s dive into my mental thoughts and the lessons I’ve learnt from my trip.
1. Don’t be afraid of failing
The word “surfer” always made me imagined fit, sculpted and toned people, either in their surf shorts or bikinis. Is that strange? So throughout my life, I never imagined myself trying to surf. It felt intimidating and as someone who isn’t fit, sculpted and toned just yet, I was definitely self conscious. However, after months of trying out new things and working on myself, I have to say that my confidence in myself grew. I felt more ready to try out new things, with less fear of how I’d perform or what others would think of me.
Recently, I read a book that stated that failure is a false belief. Instead of thinking of failure as something inherently bad, why not think of it as a lesson or a stepping stone? So, fuelled with excitement, I decided to sign up for a surf camp when I was in Canggu.
That ultimately led to me heading to the beach with a surf board and learning the basics of surfing. Sure, I fell tons of times. Tons. I belly flopped off the board so many times that my belly cried for help. Belly flopping, by the way, is not the right way to get off the board. But hey, I was learning!
2. Venture out of your comfort zone
This ties in really well with the previous point. Our comfort zone makes us feel safe. It makes us feel good as we are not at risk of failing. When we try to venture out, our brains (which ultimately wants to keep us safe) start to panic and try to pull us back in. It causes the release of cortisol, our fear hormone, and we drop in flight, fight or freeze mode. But the truth is, we’ll never know if we don’t try. We have to push ourselves to take that small step out, and then another.
I tried so many things during this trip. Surfing was one of them. I am not great at it (yet) but I know I want to practise more and be better in the future.
Another was when I had to Gojek everywhere. As someone who has never really been on a motorbike, I have to say that my first Gojek bike ride was quite an experience. Every bump made my heart leap, and every turn made my stomach churn. I also had to resist the strong urge to grab onto the Gojek driver and hug him for safety (but I respected his personal space, so I willed my hands to stay down!). After a few rides, I feel more comfortable with it. I am not so jumpy and I do see the benefits of riding a motorcycle. It definitely helped in Bali as traffic was insane! Now, I really want to learn how to ride one myself.
Lastly, as someone who loves meat in her food, I was hesitant to try out vegan food. My first stop at The Shady Shack (mentioned in my Canggu guide) changed my mind completely. I feel like my mindset towards meatless meals shifted gradually as I kept on trying new vegan food. Because they actually tasted really good! I always knew that eating meat if not good for our health nor the environment, but I never had the chance to see what else was there. Bali’s range of vegan and vegetarian options really impressed me, and I can see myself doing meatless often now. Who would have ever thought this day would come?
3. It is ok to be still and just be
Ultimately, you’re the only one person you’ll be with your entire life. However, I realised that forming a deep relationship with myself is definitely something to work on. This trip made me realise how uncomfortable I can be when there is nothing much to do. I didn’t bring my laptop and since I did not stay on the main stretch in Canggu, I had a lot of time to myself.
That brought me to questions like, what should I do? I journaled and I meditated. I did some yoga. And I still had so much time left, and I had no to-do list. I had to silence that nagging feeling inside that told me that I wasn’t being productive. Not going to lie, it was difficult. Also, the Bali locals are quite laid back and chill, which resulted in many things not starting on time. As someone who enjoys planning her hours the day before, I learnt to slowly take a step back and just accept the flow of the day.
In society today where busy seems like the new standard, it does feel a little strange to not think about work and not checking tasks off a list. But that proves the importance of just taking time to be. We’re not meant to always go go go! Even though I am still working on it, I learnt the importance of being present in the moment and just being still.
I hope that sharing these little nuggets helped you in some way! Travelling opens me up and makes me learn so much about myself. I definitely feel that I grow as an individual with every trip that I take. And I would like to share with you what I’ve learnt.
I hope your day is going well!