Facebook memories - it's a little bit weird sometimes to look back and think "WTF was I doing putting that on Facebook?!" but this summer has reminded me of all the adventures I had the summer I lived in South East Asia in 2013. I remember so well that I basically lived off Pad Thai, spicy papaya salad and beer Laos. Nom, nom.
But essentially what I remember the most was the fact that I was writing and building a business all whilst on a tiny little travel laptop, traipsing round on buses, planes, taxis and yes, boats.
It was whilst I was on a two-day boat journey down the Mekong, the river that looked like it was made of chocolate, that I was forced to switch off, not browse the internet, not check my emails. There was nowhere to go, and all there was left to do was drink a beer and watch the world go by. I was forced to reflect on where I was, what I was doing and recognise that the much-needed break. Travelling was hectic and I was nomadic for many years, to-ing and fro-ing from Goa to everywhere else. But really, this is something I need to remind myself of, and if I need it then I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one.
This is what I realised and enjoyed remembering: it's OK to switch off and not check Instagram (I'm looking at you fellow Instagram-aholics) and it's totally OK not to take selfies whilst you're doing something awesome. It doesn't mean you didn't do it. It very much means you did.
(Photos are my own - apparently the only two photos I have of this time - which is a good thing)