#1: Autumn prompts us to live

Like a time-lapse video in super slow motion, autumn showcases the vibrant and colourful transitions in nature. Sometimes we feel like spectators left to marvel at nature’s perfectly orchestrated performance. Autumn’s beauty makes a clear and bold statement, reminding us that life is happening all around us and seduces us to ‘dip our toes in’!

Autumn Sunset Inspirational Life Lessons, Cotswolds, England

Cotswolds, England – Photo Credit: Nissy Sombatruang


Autumn reaffirms life. Taking a leaf from nature (no pun intended), Eulanda and I try to constantly challenge ourselves to shake off the monotony and routine that comes with responsibility and which so easily dulls the senses. In spite of our busy schedules, we are learning to stop, breathe and experience. We tell ourselves that this life is not an audition or dress rehearsal for another one; that time waits for no one and that we need to exploit and experience every moment while we can. This is one of our motivations for travel.

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Our travel credentials are not based on ‘where we’ve been’ but on where we haven’t. We do not subscribe to the philosophy that until we quit our jobs and travel to over 100 countries, we haven’t truly lived. We would of course love to have more free time for travel but our reality is that we don’t. However, we have resolved not to let that stop us from pushing out the boat and seeing what shores we ‘discover’ next.

Autumn Sunset Inspirational Life Lessons, Calais, France

Through travel we have connected with people whose personal experiences have helped enrich ours. During our recent trips, we met hospitality workers: Jai in Sri Lanka and Myat Su in The Maldives who, despite personal challenges, work hard to build their dreams while creating experiences for others. Our friend Abigail shared her personal story of her (pre-2015 earthquake) visit to Nepal where she discovered a resilient human spirit in a nation which has faced tragic circumstances.

In each of these situations, regardless of societal boundaries of skin colour, religion or social status, we have observed a common denominator across all cultures: the unquenchable resolve not to simply survive but to truly live.

By boldly affirming life, nature prompts, nay challenges us to live; to experience, to let others gift us with their experience, to make an impact in our world and constantly believe we can be more than we are!

Shawna Grapentin famously said “An adventurous life does not necessarily mean climbing mountains, swimming with sharks, or jumping off cliffs. It means risking yourself by leaving a little piece of you behind in all those you meet along the way.