My Irresistible Love

Clew Bay
Clew Bay, Co. Mayo

So the “Wanderlust” post I made a while ago? I need to qualify this a little, and at the same time, I can introduce you to the process of a highly emotional person.

When I discovered that I’m actually ready to think of travelling once again, I went overboard and enthusiastically thought: “I’ll see all the things!” That’s how I function. After a while, I calmed down and realised that I don’t really want a package tour to the Maldives. I mean, I’m not ruling it out altogether, but there are about 200 things which are higher on my bucket list.

Instead, I honed in on the things I really love and enjoy. It astonishes me that almost three years after coming out of depression and returning to life, I’m still catching up. Add to that the years of being broke when I simply couldn’t afford doing what I love, and you have a list of stuff I stopped doing almost 15 years ago.

Wanna see?

The first realisation was that there are things I simply can’t do in Ireland, so I’m going to combine travelling with doing stuff I enjoy. One example is music. I used to see Evgeny Kissin live at least once a year, and now it’s been altogether too many years since I heard him live at all.

Thankfully, he’ll play in the Vienna Musikverein in March next year, and so I’ve decided that I’ll spend St. Patrick’s Day in Vienna. I’m currently in the process of contacting my friends in Austria to try and see as many of them as possible. I’ve even found another, stellar concert that I’ll go to while I’m there, Kent Nagano with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, playing among others, Le Sacre Du Printemps (I adore Stravinsky).

The other thing I used to love and have stopped doing is hiking. You may not know this, but in 2002 I sub-let my flat for a month, packed my backpack and set out one morning. I went on to walk about 1/3 of the East-West length of Austria (the link is in German, but there’s a map). I meant to make it all the way to Salzburg on one of Europe’s long-distance hiking paths, but my Achilles tendon started making trouble and so I took the bus and train for the rest of the way. I’ve never forgotten the experience, though, it was profound and has shaped me.

A few weeks ago I was talking to my friend Lee, who told me about the time he did the coast-to-coast walk in the North of England. It sounded amazing and reminded me of when I used to dream about the coast-to-coast walk years ago. This conversation has definitely put it back on the bucket list! I’ve even got a timeline.

In fact, there’s something else. I’ve fallen for a tall, strong and silent type over the past months. I see him from afar every time I go for archery in Massbrook. He’s just gorgeous, and I won’t be able to resist him for much longer:

Mount Nephin

I believe it may be too late this year to prepare and get it done, but I’m still making enquiries. It’s a four-hour hike to the summit of Nephin, with very few actual paths, and in winter the top is covered in snow, so I need to be well equipped and able. But I’ve been getting back into shape since June and feel a lot more confident than I used to.

It’s become a goal of its own. In 2016, I decided that at 50 (in 2020), I’ll be in the best shape of my life. And so I’m going to hike up Nephin next year at the latest, and do the coast-to-coast walk in England in 2020, as a celebration of sorts, of reaching the half-way mark to my goal of living to 100 years! Also as proof to myself that I can do it and that I’ve recovered and healed my body and soul.

There’s still a long way to go, figuratively, until I can go this actual long way, so to speak, but I’m getting there. And I love having plans that are aligned with who I am and what I’ve always loved doing!

More about this some other time, I’m going to have lunch and then do some more work now. If you like, would you let me know what you think, as well as what’s on your own bucket list? I’d love to read about it.

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8 thoughts on “My Irresistible Love

  1. Crea

    Hey Sibylle, keep planning your journey……you will make it. Top of my bucket list is to travel from Ireland to Singapore by train and then get ship to Fremantle in Western Australia…….check out man in seat 61……every train journey in the whole world all mapped out and full of details on how, where etc……. Iceland is also on my bucket list!!

    Go girl go……

    1. Ohmygods, Crea, that sounds amazing! I hope you’ll really do this 🙂 In fact, another item on my own travel list is the transsiberian railway to Vladivostok, and then a plane to Kamchatka. One day!

      1. I will……I thought my comment did not go through so another one on the way…….well the trans Iberian is part of the journey and I plan to get off in Mongolia for couple of days …….🙀

  2. Lovely to ‘read’ you so bright and shiny 🙂
    love the fact that you say you’ll be in the shape of your life at 50 🙂 I had this conversation with my dad the other day (he’s 76) when we noticed how he actually still thinks of himself as if he was 35 or something. Age really is just a number, and it’s all about how you feel mentally. Then again, what do I know I’m not even 35 yet 😉
    As for bucketlists .. wow I have a long one 😛 One thing that I used to say was that in my lifetime, I want to have set foot on all 6 continents (Artica and Antartica excluded… way too cold 😉 ). Thailand is pretty high up on my list.
    Seeing the Aurora Borealis, so making a trip to Scandinavia and then do a trip with huskys.
    Visiting Stonehenge and Glastonbury Tor
    Seeing dolphins.
    You know, basically any experience or trip that will bring me in awe. I’m really really greedy for life. I’m like, let me do everything. Let me feel everything.

    1. Did you know you can see the Aurora Borealis from Ireland, too? At least sometimes, from parts in the North 🙂
      I love the sound of your bucket list!

      As for age, d’you know, I don’t really agree it’s just a number. I think we gain so much as we grow older. Society has this weird idea that even middle age means decline, and then it happens because people manifest what they believe to be reality. People who don’t subscribe to these beliefs, get stronger and more flexible as they grow older. I once did a yoga weekend with a 70-year-old instructor who was in better shape than every one of us participants (I was 19 at the time). So when I say I’ll be in the best shape of my life by 50, I mean “so far” – I’ll see how much further I can push it in the decades to follow 🙂

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