If you need perseverance and structure, call me. Letting go? Go search for someone else, because I suck at it big time. Ha ha ha. Summer 2012. After nights of pondering I decided that I could go on a vacation. It meant closing the marketing department. For only one week, that should be possible right? My (former) sister in law wanted to join me. Okay, time to pick a destination.
“Why don’t you come to Athens? It is lovely here and we could meet.” Proposed my Nike+ friend (I will call him the Greek from now on). We decided to go to Athens and planned a day to meet my Greek friend.
Right before we bought the tickets, something happened at my (former) sis in law her work, she could no longer go on holiday that week. Bye bye Athens. I was disappointed.
“Go by yourself. I will take as much time off as I can and show you Athens.” I had to sleep on it, more than one night to be honest. What if we did not like each other in real life? The Greek laughed at me.
“Please girl, let go of the structure!”
I decided to go anyway and listened to his advice. My plan was not to make any plans. (Besides picking a spot and time to meet my Greek friend of course.) Not to think of work. Let it go Jehan. Just relax and enjoy.
“Please girl, let go of the structure! Life is too short”
It was hot, 40 degrees celsius hot. When he was working I enjoyed the city by myself. And when it got too hot to handle, I went back to the hotel room to read or to the pool on the roof. Men, this felt good! The Greek and I sipped the tastiest Frappé ever, had great conversations and went to places that I would love to see. He took me out to dinner, I had no idea where we were heading, but I did not care. I enjoyed the view, inhaled the fragrance called Greece and cherished the wonderful moments.
The day of my departure, he drove me to the airport. I felt a bit sad. “Back to my old life.”
“No you are not! Life is too short.” He said firmly and I got a lecture from him.
It felt like saying goodbye to something familiar and starting something new. I felt strange: I felt happy but at the same time I felt like I could cry.
He asked me about my wishes, my dreams. I told him about a haircut that I would love to have for years, but might not be right for me. He gave me a certain look.
When I got back, I immediately called the hair salon. I cut my hair and I looked more like I felt inside. I decided that I should think about my dreams. Life is too short, to be only a workaholic. Ambition is more than just work right? I started an exciting journey that is mostly about letting go, my weak spot. Letting go of my own rules every now and then, it gets a little bit easier day by day. It is a great journey, that started in Athens. The perseverance and structure are still inside of me. That is me after all. And you know what, some things are not meant to let go. And you my dear Greek friend, you are one of them!