I don’t know if it’s just me, but the minute I leave Johannesburg my head becomes clearer. It’s like all the noise suddenly disappears and I become more aware of my thoughts and most importantly, I hear God’s voice so much better. About two weeks ago I got to travel to Europe and it was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life.
The trip was an early 30th birthday from me to me and I just wanted to do something big for myself. So, what better way to celebrate entering a new decade than a dream vacation? I know, right. I’ve always wanted to go to Paris and when I started looking for packages, I knew that it had to be on the list. I eventually found an affordable package that included Switzerland, Italy and France and I was beyond excited. I got to see Rome, Florence, Pisa, Lucerne and Paris — I still cannot believe it!
I still don’t have the words to describe how amazing the trip was. It’s honestly one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever done for myself. I got to experience another world and got to see how other people live, what they eat and what “normal” looks and feels like for them. Also, I got to experience snow for the first time in Lucerne, Switzerland.
For me, this turned out to be more than just seeing different countries. It also came with so many lessons and I’d like to share them.
God gives us more than we could ever ask for
I’ve always wanted to travel the world. I remember about 10 years ago I told myself that I would go to Dubai because it seemed like such a cool place. So, fast-forward to March 2019, I was on a (connecting) flight from Johannesburg to Dubai and I was so excited. When the plane touched the ground I cried like a baby. I cried so much because I remember what I said 10 years ago. I was suddenly overwhelmed with emotions and I was filled with gratitude.
That’s not the only time I cried. When I got to Florence, I cried some more. What was happening with me? I cannot explain it, but it’s a feeling that just comes when you realise that not only does God keep His word, but He also gives you more than you can ever ask or imagine. I had a sincere moment of gratitude because all I ever wanted was to go to Paris, and God gave me so much more than that. He gave me the opportunity to experience two more countries (not just France) and this has taught me so much about His nature. God truly has our best interests at heart and fulfils every single desire He puts in our hearts. And, when He comes through, it’s always beyond our wildest dreams.
I am complete – I have everything I need
At the beginning of 2019 I decided I wanted to keep a gratitude journal. I wanted to do something different, I wanted to be more conscious of my life. I honestly didn’t know that practicing gratitude would change my life in such a positive way. This is a daily practice and means writing down five things I’m grateful for every single day. So, there I was in on a bus in Florence thinking thinking about how I literally have everything I need in my life. The realisation made me cry so much.
I was in another country and I didn’t anything else that I didn’t have at that time. I could just be Siyathemba — without the car, apartment, job or anything else that the world says I need. Also, I realised that I am complete just as I am. One of the most important things I learned on the trip is that there’s no missing piece of the puzzle in my life. I am the whole puzzle. I am complete.
There’s so much more to life
I’ve always believed that there’s a lot more to life than what we see. We sometimes get so caught up in our bubbles that we don’t realise that life has so much more to offer, and that’s it’s not just about us. What travelling does is that it opens up your eyes to an entirely different world and it has a way of giving you a completely different perspective on life.
I know for sure that life is not just about chasing money or attaining worldly success. Life is bigger than me and I cannot even imagine what that even means (yet).