Smoke and blue skies

Today was my last day at work.
Today I had to say goodbye to my colleagues with whom I have worked now for more than a year. Just realised how lucky I was to be a part of this great team, these people that taught me a lot, and in the end, we all became friends.

One year is not much, but time sometimes cannot be a measurement of quality. Friendship isn’t about who you’ve known the longest…
Yes, I am lucky, because to have good people on your side, work with them every day for 300-plus days and never regret it, that is lucky. And I couldn’t be more grateful.

I’m not emotional about these sort of things, you jump from job to job, change countries, leave people behind, find new people – but today, I got emotional. Not with them, but when we said goodbye and went on our separate ways. That is when it hit me:
– I was walking on a beautiful sunny day, blue skies, birds singing and I had tears in my eyes. I don’t think they were ‘sad’ tears, but the ones that just came because of all the feelings you are feeling – at the same time I am so glad to have known them, yet, so sad for the uncomfortable awareness of change.

Then, as with everything that involves tears usually goes, this prompted me to think a little bit further and get me back to reality – I am officially unemployed now.

It is not bad though. I feel like I haven’t stopped working for years on end. And I haven’t. I started working when I was 16, going to school, doing something on the side. Started college plus working… And so it continued. Until now.
Now I will have all this time to myself, and it is scary. I am not sure if I know how to enjoy this time that I’ll have now and not spend it in search of something new. I have infinite ideas and things that I would love to do. Still, I feel like I’m wasting time if I don’t earn money.

Often when I’m feeling low, the best thing to do is to go ride. And, yup, that’s what I did today too. It’s Friday, beautiful and toasty, just right for a nice spin. The best thing about these kinds of rides is that you don’t have a destination. You just need to empty your thoughts and move. And I did!

No destination, just taking turns as they show up, if it looks more appealing to go left, I go left. Sometimes I can’t just decide, so I slow down, like those annoying drivers that just don’t know where to turn 😀 I do this, but when no one is behind me, so I’m good 😀

I love riding like this! Going maybe 50km/h, slow and careful, enjoying the scenery – and the view is stunning.

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I was all alone, here and there a car passing by still, having all this to myself is just out of this world. Hot – but when you ride, there is this slightly colder breeze which is just divine. Scaring sheep and goats as I am passing through the quiet hills. The smell is fantastic as I see one of the old churches – the scent of thymes and pines.

I pass one more hill and see a white fog in the distance, the whole hill covered with a white veil, strange in this time of day, with not a cloud in the sky.
Suddenly I smell smoke, and as I get closer, I discern this is not a fog, but a fire. It looked controlled (which later I found out it wasn’t) so I just continued and took some pictures.

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After passing the smoke, the sky was clear and perfectly blue. I came to the crossroads – go straight or right. I decided on going straight as the road was winding in the shape of S and looked tempting. After a while, I didn’t regret choosing this path, although I do think either way you go you wouldn’t be disappointed.

I came across a gorgeous dark blue lake, and with the view from above I just couldn’t resist and had to stop again to capture this:

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I stayed for some time, just soaking in all the beauty and enjoying the view.

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Even on my way back home, everything looked better when it is sunny 🙂

I don’t have to mention I felt better after this! I think it was around 3 hours long ride, and I felt like new, had more energy and appreciation for the day I had.

This is what they mean when they say:

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Hope you had a great Friday ride too 🙂

 

zizi

 

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