“We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact
that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.”
H. G. Wells
The view from the villa where I lived for a time.
What do you see as the most fulfilling lifestyle for you during this time on Earth? Or have you found it already? My experience of ‘finding myself’ was in the most simplified way of life that I have lived thus far – which happened many years ago – whilst living on the Greek island of Corfu.
Monastery at Paleokatstritsa
After going through a deep and painful break-up of an 8 year relationship with ‘the love of my life’, I was stripped down to raw emotions, until I reached a place of acceptance.
During that journey, living on a magnificent island, then less spoilt by tourism…My life changed dramatically! In the many hours, days and years that I spent alone, I would while away the time, often mesmerised by the beauty of nature all around me, often staring out at the ocean, in what felt like, a waking dream. And so, very slowly, I found more of myself and who I was becoming. Finding a depth in the deepest recesses of my heart…I found my peace…
In those intense moments, I let go of the an old image of myself…the social butterfly…in exchange for this simple life, that was filled with light and colours I had never seen before! It was a rich experience in so many ways. I spent time in solitude (except work – the first female Chef ever to work on the island), swimming in warm calm waters, lazing on the beach, driving to magical beauty spots, walking, drinking coffees at the Liston and living a blissful existence.
View towards the Old Fort
I lived on simple basic foods, in a small apartment, almost on the edge of the sea, wearing only a faded pair of shorts, a t-shirt and no shoes. I spent many of my waking hours, in a state of deep introspection…though I did not realise it quite then. Often sipping a glass of white wine or a cup of tea, staring out at the horizon and into the great ocean of life…with it, the turquoise sea, the sands, the sunsets, the stars and the moon…
In those deep moments, I felt my own ancestors, especially my grandmother Katarina, who seemed to be in the very Earth beneath my feet, and all around me. Her love, her grace, her gentleness, her beauty.
The Liston – The main Promenade in Town
I developed new love for life! It changed who I was and what I then believed to be true. And in those hours, those long nights, those cool mornings, days and nights passed and with that came the deepest contentment, humility, peace and self acceptance that I have ever experienced. I felt deep joy and contentment, in my heart my soul…
And with those memories, that knowing, that deeper understanding of who I truly am, a piece of my heart will always remain in Corfu…I go back there to find more of me…again and again…and I know too that She awaits me there.