Adventure- Kerala India

Oh Kerala let me count your raindrops- because it would take me a lifetime.

Mention India and more than likely you will get a mixture of responses, but you will quickly know whether they are the adventurous type or not.

After visiting the warm dry climates of New Delhi, Chandigarh, Jaipur, and Mumbai we faced the downpour and torrential rains of Cyclone Gaja in Kerala. A photographer's.....nightmare?

No joke, as a photographer, I was disappointed that I didn't get to capture that idyllic photo of the sunset back-dropped in Kerala's beautiful landscape. But I got something way more important. Kerala was the place I experienced a renewal of myself and dreams.

I was stuck in a rut and blinded by the daily grind of work and my comfortable life. During our time in Kerala, I had a personal awaking about life, my job, and the future I wanted to be a part of. Kerala was also the place where my husband and I re-learned why we have been together for 25 years. That was better than any Christmas bonus!

Since our trip I have bumped into some wonderful people who are totally stressed and have shared their hearts out about their unhappiness and insecurities about their life and place of work. As I listen to their stories, I see myself in them and am reminded how important it is to foster kindness and compassion between us humans. We really are all in the same boat. We all have hopes, desires, and dreams. Tired, stressed, judgmental attitudes have never helped me grow and develop as a person so why dump that on my fellow human.

We all have different callings and sometimes our callings are in conflict with our jobs, status, and stuff. If that is the case- stop and ask yourself - Is what I'm doing a source of fulfillment, blessing, and peace? If not....toss the job, status, and stuff and reach deep inside - get away - find out what you want to be about - i.e. your dream.

I think of dreams as the wings in the quote from Russian poet Marina Tsveaeva, "Wings are freedom only whey they are wide open in flight. On one's back they are a heavy weight."

So thank you Kerala for all your wet captures. Your rain washed the fog out of my brain and when I returned home I had the clarity and courage to make changes and open wide my wings.

Whether you are the adventurous type or not- NEVER put off your dreams....go for them now!

Travel tips to India: Late Fall and Winter are great times to visit India. The temperatures are more tolerable. Places like Chandigarh can reach temperatures of 118 degrees Fahrenheit and higher before summer monsoons. Mosquitoes and the diseases they carry are more prevalent during warmer seasons.

If you plan your trip several months in advance you may just be able to scoop up super cheap air tickets deals too. This past November we got round trip with Delta from Atlanta to New Delhi for $600. No kidding we really did!

A little about Sabrina Samuel:

I decided life is too short to spend my days working under the thumb of a micromanaging Tasmanian Devil of a boss, so I gave up the security of a regular paycheck and started my own Real Estate Photography business. Like with every business you learn success has relative terms and conditions. If you are always comparing yourself with what someone else is or does you'll never be happy and free to be yourself.

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