by Elaine Mercedes Mendoza, AtlantaBread.com
Living in Prague for a month opened my senses in a way that street performers performing Bach brought me to tears.
After seeing the John Lennon Wall in Prague with messages of peace, music, and happiness, I was filled with hope that a peaceful planet isn’t only possible, but that it’s already here and there are glimpses of it all around us. The ability to live following your heart, making your own rules along the way, and living in peace is all about the power of intention. Peace and happiness is here right now.
Our self worth has nothing to do with what we do or how much we make.
Tomorrow, I am getting on a train to Venice just because I CAN. I don’t need a reason to follow my heart. It is an inspiring way to live when you fully savor each moment and experience life’s little nuances as minor inconveniences.
People have told me I must be very brave to travel alone. Courage isn’t the absence of fear, it’s an ability to transcend it and realize that the earth has got your back. As I type this, I can’t believe that tomorrow is the day that I experience Italy for the first time. It is a moment that I have imagined forever and it’s coming true. I will eat pizza and pasta with the locals and perhaps finish off hours later with gelato by the Piazza San Marco.
I left my apartment by the water and a six figure income in the USA to travel the world and live off of simple pleasures like a fresh cup of gourmet coffee freshly brewed by the local barista and the local cake recommended by my international brothers and sisters. Suddenly, I’m no longer living off of paychecks and false promises by employers that don’t appreciate me. I am no longer buying clothes with the latest name brands known by everyone as a form of self-validation.
I am living each second like a child noticing the world for the first time. Our world is rich in colors, music, flavors, and endless love between us if we only align ourselves with the belief that we have everything we need to be happy right now.
I don’t know where I am going after Venice but I know that I’m here. I am alive and I am no longer just surviving. I am at peace with life and I want others to experience life as I am. Let’s take care of this beautiful planet and remember we are all in this world together. For example, just yesterday I was in the Hacker tent at Oktoberfest in Germany and I realized this peaceful world is here, right around me.
I saw thousands of people drinking, singing, and eating at this festival filled with hope, peace, equality, and love. If an international festival can be created once a year that attracts people worldwide, this camaraderie can be permanent all over the world.
We may speak different languages, eat different foods, and have different customs, but we can all sit down together at a table and drink and eat together. I am blessed to experience different countries, but we can all bring this spirit of togetherness to our own table and in our own town.
Next time you sit around a meal with your friends and family, for a moment in time, take a second to appreciate the fact that people are doing this same exact thing all over the world. We may have many countries, languages, religions, and cultural differences but it’s all a part of “Our World.”
Let’s celebrate together. Salud! Prost! Nastravi! Cheers!
About Author: Elaine Mercedes Mendoza is a writer, speaker, traveler and foodie who uplifts our world one word at a time. She is passionate about travel and shares her experiences on www.finallyelaine.com. She is also an amazing professional singer. You can also follow her along on Facebook.
All images taken by Elaine.