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Don’t Just Accept Failure, Expect It!

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Two people with two carry-on luggage

And so, in August 2017, with only our passports, flight tickets and booked Airbnbs, we flew to Victoria (BC, Canada), where our trip started. 
We packed light, taking just one piece of hand luggage each for our three and a half weeks on the road.

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My jet lag kept me up all night when we arrived. It was a cold and exhausting night, after over 20 hours of commuting.
I finally gave up sleeping at 5 am and walked outside to watch the sunrise. It was beautiful. The following day, I woke up with a sore throat. I thought: “is this going to ruin our whole trip? What if we both feel bad for the next week or so?”
I took a deep breath and reminded myself that everything was okay.

You see, it was easier than usual to accept this ‘failure’, an unpredictable thing that occurred because we were actually expecting it to happen. 
I spent most of that day resting and drinking tea with ginger. I didn’t feel like I was losing out on anything that day, because we didn’t have anything planned. It was that simple. Not feeling stressed, I recovered almost completely in a mere 24 hours. It’s amazing how our mental state can affects our bodies. I healed because I didn’t stress out about being sick.

Three days later, we continued to Seattle where our road trip south to Los Angeles has begun. We talked to an Uber driver on the way to a car rental place. We were speaking about cultures and the beauty of people from all over the world. Within a few minutes, we really connected. When he dropped us off, only 15 minutes after we got on, he said: “having you guys in my car has made my week! Thank you!” We felt grateful.
The guy at the car rental counter recommended his favorite local spot — Snoqualmie Falls. This was the first stop on our road trip.
And it was amazing. We would have never picked that spot if we have scripted our trip. We felt truly blessed.

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