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Finding Love

Self Love

As I walked back to my apartment on the shores of Perast, I noticed all the couples walking hand in hand. I often feel the pangs of loneliness when traveling. I haven’t had a lasting boyfriend in a long time and rarely go on dates. Sometimes I feel a wave of invisibility when walking by men.ย  As I passed a couple, I wished for someone to be with. My own voice answered back, “I am here”.ย  A sudden melting took over and I felt a deep love for this woman I have become. I thought of all I do for myself and know that no other person could do a better job.ย  I treated myself to a year of travel around the world. When I make mistakes on the road, I go easy on myself knowing things will work out in the end. I just swam in the a Bay of Kotor staring out at mountains and a tiny sailboat drifting below. I made this possible, this beautiful gift to me. I listened to the voice that most people silence out of fear and took the leap to answer what it truly was… my calling.

Now the things that come out of me, the words, the images, the emotions, are a pure stream of who I am being expressed to the world. I am exactly where I’m supposed to be. Romantic love will come one day. For now, the real love I have for myself is like finding a bit of home wherever the road takes me.

Perast Love

24 Comments

  1. Feroz Khan says

    Hi Sheri,

    I can totally relate to your feelings. While you are searching for your partner, I lost mine. Whenever I travel it seems like traveling is meant to be with someone else by your side. Everyone is a couple. If you are not, you are odd. I get this feeling a lot more when I am traveling than when I am home surrounded by loved ones.

    You have to take solace in knowing the love will show up at your doorstep one day. For me, those days are over. All I have are sweet memories to live the rest of my life.

    Feroz

    • Thank you Feroz. Yes, often when I am somewhere beautiful I am missing having someone to smile and share it with. Yet there are parts of traveling alone that are really valuable and help me grow as a person. I hope you are experiencing them as well while carrying her memory close to you always.

  2. JUNE HUCHINGSON says

    I appreciate the gift you so lovingly give to me with your outstanding photographs and sensitive writings …
    I certainly don’t see you living alone the rest of your life …
    I know you will never just settle for some man so you’re not alone.
    Wait…Be patient …
    You will find your soul mate and great love-of-your-life..
    Love to you,
    June
    I still think you would love India …I hope you go.

    • I appreciate your generous heart and support through this whole journey June. You’ve been through it all with me and I’m so happy you are in my life. I will be patient and will be ready. Love to you too.

  3. Sheri; You are an amazing young woman who will find all that your are looking for while travelling on the path of life! Walk in peace our friend – Pat & Bruce

  4. Leo Kennedy says

    After a day I have to say
    You are a masterpiece of divine creation!
    Could the pure love of God be the substance of your being
    Manifest in the DNA and the Being made through gene expression;
    Manifest in your exquisite beauty,
    In the integrity, purity and intelligence of your searching soul?
    Right to love who you are, for lovely you are.
    Love you too!
    Leo

    • Leo! Thank you so much for such a thoughtful comment! I appreciate your kind words. You are full of heart. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. This is such a beautiful “ah-ha” moment for you. We have to love ourselves before anyone else can truly love us the way we deserve to be loved. Miss you.

  6. thank you for sharing your authenticity, excitement for the unknown, heartfelt thoughts.

    i enjoy your design composition/aesthetic & sharp looking travel fashion!

    about to depart for my first solo trip to indonesia.
    mad props for the significant inspiration & encouragement.
    ๐Ÿ™‚

    • How wonderful for you! I will be heading there in February. I’m so glad you enjoy the blog. I try to be fashionable, though sometimes feel like a bum because I’ve been wearing the same clothes for so long. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a great first solo trip and enjoy the moment.

  7. Yvette says

    I completely relate to this- it’s like you took the words straight out of my mouth. I am on a different journey to you (I decided to take a leap of faith and start my own business) but when I do get those pangs of loneliness I remind myself that eventually love will come but right now I am doing things to build my life up. Your relationship with yourself is the most important relationship you ever have and I want that relationship to be amazing before I meet someone. When you achieve something by yourself it is so much more empowering also. Have fun traveling around NZ. If you come to Christchurch let me know ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks so much Yvette! Yes, I often remind myself to embrace what I am here and now, and if I’m alone, so be it. Like you said, we will be ready when a relationship comes because our lives being single are so amazing and we did it on our own. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing.

  8. Brian Ozimek (Celeste"s brother) says

    The comments you have received have been awesome. It tells me you have many good friends who care about you, and for you. Keep in mind that you will meet up with the right partner. Always default to being a positive thinker. From viewing your pictures and travels I can see you have that talent. Keep that focus in all you do in your life.

    • Thanks so much Brian! I do have a great circle of friends. I can’t wait to return and be surrounded by them once again. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Brian Ozimek (Celeste"s brother) says

    There are only a couple of guys I know that would DESERVE a talented, beautiful woman like yourself! And they are spoken for.

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