“There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tower high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King
I am on term break and to make the most it, I joined my family on a week-long holiday in the Land of the Long White Cloud; New Zealand.
I hadn’t seen my parents or sister in about eight weeks, hadn’t taken a break from college work in about just as long and I hadn’t been home to my Middle Earth in 11 years, making this holiday a very special one for me.
I needed it. Badly.
But as usual I had high expectations; it was to be relaxing, fun-filled at every moment and comforting to be surrounded by familiar faces and places. But as usual, my high expectations prevented me from fully enjoying myself because I cannot help but feel disappointed when my reality differs from my imagination.
Realizing that I was letting fear, and disappointment cloud my emotions, I made a decision; instead of letting unexplainable and quite frankly unacceptable anxiety ruin my week, I stopped vlogging (despite wanting to share my holiday with you), and I stopped worrying about what other people might have been doing (turning my phone off and keeping it in my bag) and armed with nothing but the spirit of power, love and a sound mind that my God has given me I went out and enjoyed myself.
And this was the result.
Huka Falls, Lake Taupo
Chess anyone? To be honest I think it was just cabin fever taking its toll; road trips can do strange things to people.
The Desert Road
Mt Maunganui Climb
Lunch at BLUEBIYOU; the beachside restaurant where my parents got married over 21 years ago
Macaroons at The Spongetop Cakery
Frozen Yogurt courtesy of Yogurt & co.
The Eastman Farm, Pyes Pa, Tauranga.
My home, by every definition