Saturday, 13 March 2010

It's OK to Follow Your Heart

So a friend at a social network website posted a link to a Bluegrass music that she liked.

The music reminded me of my first trip to America when I spent 2 weeks in Orlando with a couple of friends. Because I used to work with them and occasionally socialised with them, I thought we would get on. I soon realised that we wanted different things, which made me very miserable. I had two choices: I could either continue to hang out with them all the time, doing stuff I didn't want to do and be miserable; or I could do some stuff with them and others on my own. Although I was nervous about going it alone, as I had never done that before, let alone in a different country, I decided "nothing ventured, nothing gained." I even went to the cinema on my own for the first time.

On the day when we went to Epcot Centre, I decided to explore the centre on my own. We arranged to meet up later that evening. While I was queuing up for one of the rides, I got chatting to this American couple and their son, who took a shining to me and took me under their wings. They said they were from Bluegrass Country, which I hadn't a clue about. Before I left Epcot, we exchanged addresses. They ended up sending me a tape of Bluegrass music. For many years we exchanged letters (no email in those days) until we lost contact. It's a shame I can't remember their names now.

I am grateful to my Internet friend for posting the link to the video, which has not only given me a lovely trip down memory lane but has inspired this piece.

I am also grateful to the family I met at Epcot for their friendship and introducing me to Bluegrass music.

Most of all, I am grateful to the friends I went on holidays with, as they helped me see that it's OK to follow your heart. You end up meeting people who resonate with you anyway.

In fact, just over a year ago, I met one of the girls I went on holidays with at a bus stop. We even travelled on the same bus together and we chatted about old times. Before she got off we exchanged email addresses. The next day I emailed her but she didn't respond. Maybe, she still feels she can't resonate with me, which is fair enough.

It's OK to follow my heart. It's OK to be happy.


Related articles: Too Hot to Handle?; Would You Rather Be Right or Happy?; Following My Natural Rhythm - Aum; Why It's Important to Follow My Heart