I honestly don’t know where to begin. Last night was an incredibly emotional moment for me and even as I type this now I can feel my eyes start to water.
I absolutely cannot believe where I am in life right now. I’m so proud of myself to be… here.
This lantern festival in Chiang Mai was something I DREAMED of for over 5 years now since I heard about it. I knew I had to witness this magical moment myself — somehow, someday. And there I was last night, watching it all unfold before my eyes. I could hear the excitement from the people. I saw groups preparing their lanterns. It was festive and serene at the same time.
And I felt my heart warm up. I’m here. I can’t believe I’m here.
I started to tear up and I didn’t understand why. I laughed at the fact that I teared up and I must have looked like a crazy lady, alone in the crowds crying and laughing; wiping tears off as I snap photos every now and then. It was just stunning. I was very happy. My heart was full.
And then it hit me. I’m living my dream. I made it. I’m at the budding stages of my travel adventures.
7 weeks ago today, I took a one way ticket out of the Philippines with the goal to reach as far out into the world as I can, one step at a time. I was definitely excited but I had so much going on in my life before this trip (which I’m sure many of my friends and family know about) that it was hard to focus on the excitement and the adventure awaiting me. It never sank in.
Last night, it did.
After an hour since the lanterns started to float through the skies, I walked around to find a quiet place just to take it all in. As soon as I found that parking lot, the university next to the river released the thousand lanterns…
Breathtaking is an understatement. I can’t begin to explain to you how beautiful it was (you can catch my stories on Instagram. I’ll make a special Highlight for them).
I knew my camera wasn’t fit for the occasion (hence posting a borrowed photo above) so I just laid in the grass and marvelled at this beautiful, magical night. My face started to hurt from all the smiling.
The lanterns floated in from the left side, towards the moon and as soon as it crossed over the moon, the wind pushed them back to the opposite direction, giving the illusion that it was circling around the moon.
I cried a bit more.
Then the fireworks came in. It was all too much. All too perfect. All too beautiful. It is definitely one of the most beautiful moments of my life.
I’m here. Right now. I’m happy. Amidst all the pain, heart ache, and hardships I had to go through this year, I made it out alive.
I rode a van to the place with some other people and one of the guys caught a very good video of the occasion. Watch it here.