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Adventure Awaits

As I laid my head comfortably against the padded headrest of the airline seat, the low and dull thrumming of the aircraft cabin lulled me to sleep; the white noise was somewhat comforting. I gently tapped my fingers on the rough surface of the window blind, and out of curiosity above anything else, I proceeded to pull the handle upwards and expected to find nothing more than uncompromising Darkness. I leaned towards the window anyway and let my right cheek rest on the cold wall of the cabin. I craned my neck to take in the view, and I found made my eyelids feel suddenly lighter.

Before me was a beautiful Star-studded sky over a fluffy blanket of grey clouds. Countless stars were shinning majestically, something you never see in the heavens overlooking a big city. 

Before I decided to embark on this flight on my first solo Adventure (and hesitantly so even then), my inner child was throwing a tantrum: begging and crying to cross the ocean where she could go play and roam free in a land soaked in culture. She wanted to get lost and have fun. After all, adventure was out there, calling and beckoning me like a siren's call to come join her, but my grown-up, boring, stuck-up adult self shooed it away unrepentantly in order to dutifully return to a routine that killed me repeatedly with boredom. 

Nevertheless, when something merely doesn't work, if you decide to keep on going down the same road rather than be bold and make a change, 
you are fighting a losing battle. Things become much easier when you finally face the truth head on. 

At least on my part, for too many years, it felt as if I was driving on autopilot on a very hazy path that seemed to stretch on for millions of kilometers. Then, one day, the fog dissipated, and I had to take control of the steering wheel once again. And that was exactly what I did. I knew that I Needed to stop the soul rotting and lend an ear to that little kid that kept on pulling me stubbornly towards the light at the end of the tunnel.

'The darker the sky, the brighter the stars,' I reminded myself, sighing at the spectacle in front of me. After all, there must be darkness in order for there to be light.

Amidst the endless sea of flickering lights, two shooting stars whizzed through the night. As I marveled and pondered on the rarely seen phenomena, I quietly made two wishes.

My first wish was for a happy adventure filled with wonderful encounters accompanied by great food.

The second one took more time to formulate but was something I knew I needed to do: find myself and hence, find inner peace amidst this turbulent storm.

Satisfied, I let myself peacefully drift off to sleep.

In my dreams, I could hear my little inner child chanting and dancing gleefully in excitement.

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