Taupo was

Taupo was an absolute dream.

It was biking over 160 km with 1900m elevation, around Lake Taupo. The most challenging physical test I’ve ever put my body through.

It was hiking the Tongariro crossing, and risking my doom climbing up Mount Doom.

It was a sore bum, arms, burning lungs, sweat dripping into my eyes, mouth and between my boobs. It was testing my mental strength and determination.

It was hanging out with Griff, Biggi, and Johnny & Michelle everyday. Having homecooked dinners together, chatting about everything and nothing at all, chilling in their geothermal pool, eating ice cream together, laughing together, and making magical memories together.

It was finding a Thai restaurant that served unlimited rice… we went there often, very often.

It was the most fun I’ve had in ages, and the most at peace I’ve felt in a long time. It was just so incredible to be out in nature, going on adventures, being around people that I loved with all my heart, and not feeling any kind of pressure, external or internal, to do anything other than what I was doing.

It was also where I realized how okay I am with just having a “normal” job. For so long I put pressure on myself to capitalize on the opportunity that I have with my instagram and youtube to make money through social media. But I’ve only now started to realize that I don’t even want to do that, I don’t want that life. I really am so excited to find a job working at a vegan café, work, travel, explore, meet people, and live my life. That is my idea of happiness. It’s very simple, and it may not seem overly ambitious to some, but my idea of success is not having a well paying respected job with a large paycheck, or being famous, or reknowned or remembered. My idea of success is just me living a humble happy life surrounded by those that I love, and having the freedom to do what I love. And what I love is very simple. I love good people, good conversations, good food, exploration, being in nature, moving my body, and I love making good memories. That is what I love. That is what I want to do everyday for the rest of my life. And that is what I would call a successful life.

It was lying in the park under the sun, contemplating thoughts about existence. But also reflecting on all the wonderful lovely people I’ve met on this planet in just my 19 years here. I am so blessed. So ridiculously blessed to feel so much love for people, and to feel so much love from people. I am so blessed to have experienced the feeling of true love, for that is what I believe makes this life a magical one.