My Irish adventure continued towards the west of the country in our deluxe motor coach. I couldn’t help but think about the positive impression Dublin was leaving on me. Looking out of the window while enjoying the hills and greenery passing by as beautiful art in motion, I felt an inner excitement of new sites to explore and more amazing people to meet. Before drifting off for a few hours for some sleep, I was able to experience a full double rainbow as a great transition to the next chapter of an awesome day!
Our first stop was The Blarney Castle. It is home to the infamous Blarney Stone. The story goes that if you kiss it laying down and upside down, you would receive the gift of the Gab. The gift of Gab or witty eloquence was the first gift I received on this wonderful trip. The line to get to the Blarney Stone was long and stretch through the castle. This gave us the opportunity to walk through tight spaces and go up spiral staircases to experience the castle like the Irish would back when it was an occupied castle. Looking out into the gardens from different points of view of the castle created so many new perspectives for me. It was as if we were a part of beautiful paintings that were in progress inside an artist’s gallery.
The Ring of Kerry was next on the itinerary and just one word could really describe this. WOW!
If you only have a few days in Ireland, this is definitely a must see and interactive experience. The Ring of Kerry is a drive around the Iveragh Peninsula where you can make a couple of stops and take in some of the most beautiful coastal scenery Ireland has to offer. Our journey started in Killarney. We rode jaunting cars and “yours truly” got to lead the horse through most of the Killarney National Park!
As we continued on the edge of the peninsula and made a stop in Waterville, County Kerry, Ireland we were able to take in the smell of the beach and enjoy a hot, delicious cappuccino.
The following stop was Balleen, County Kerry, Ireland. This is definitely a stop you need to do and trust me when I tell you that you will feel like you’re on top of the world.
This was the location where I received my next gift from Ireland. We only have this one life and as I was looking out to the ocean, I was jolted with this feeling of so much appreciation. For a few seconds, I felt like I was in an out of body experience, and all I saw was this person experiencing a life that could have never been imagined just a few years ago. This feeling of genuine happiness moved me to actual tears of joy. , and that is when I realized that the greatest gift of all was being in love with the journey of your life. You will learn from my trips how I got to where I am today, but the one thing I hope to encourage you with is that the current situation you’re in is temporary and it is all about the mindset you put forth that will attract a change in your life. This view helped me see the different challenges and obstacles I had to face in order to get to where I am today and that they were able to refine me into the person that I am today. Molding me into someone that not only can appreciate what is around me but also appreciate myself in a way I wouldn’t have before.
There was one final gift I received on this mini adventure of emotions and that was the feeling of warmth and connection from my wonderful travel soulmate and best friend, Ashley. At our last stop, Ladies View, the wind was extremely chilling and we were taking in the beauty of the landscape, but there was an infectious laughter between us that I was so grateful that was captured. Surrounding yourself with people who are going to encourage you to be a better human all around is the greatest thing you can do for yourself. Every time I look at this picture, it reminds me that laughter and looking for the positive in whatever situation you’re going through will make the dealing of that moment a little easier. It may not fix it, but it will ease the process. Laughing off the cold weather was definitely making it easier to deal with.
Traveling the world has taught me a lot about myself, but it wasn’t until the Ring of Kerry that I realized what a blessing it was to come from where I was to get to where I am. I hope through your own journey you will be able to find little gems of reminders that you too have come a long way and that your adventure is only beginning.