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Like Julia Roberts says in the movie Eat, Pray, Love,

I want to go to a place where I can marvel at something.

We go on holiday for a break. A change to our norm. A rest. An adventure.  Beautiful scenery.  We then have to come back to our life and it is usually the same as when we left.  Unlike Elizabeth Gilbert who wrote the book Eat, Pray Love, we usually can’t take a year off and travel around looking for that something that is going to change us, or fulfill us, or make us forever happy and content.

I have just come back from a holiday.  That marvel, that wonder, that newness of exploring and adventure.  Like many others, it is hard to then face the realities greeting us when we return.  Work.  Responsibility.  Routine.  Finances.

But THIS is my life. 

Qatar has not changed.  I have.  What I need or want in my life has changed over the past few years.  My circumstances have changed (kids growing up).  I need to accept these changes and find a way to WORK THAT in this life of mine.

Once again I was giving dear daughter advice that I should be taking as my own.  She, too, was wishing home was elsewhere.  I suggested she look for the new again.  Find something she would really love to do here.  Something to look forward to.  Hoping THAT might help her.

My life is my responsibility.  Only I can make it good or bad.  A wonder or a bore.  Or even perceive it that way. 

And so today I am thankful that I have choices.  I have opportunity to do many different things and I need to focus on that.  Not the lack.