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Welcome to the newest series on Sole Sisters: Inspired Travel Thursdays where we feature trips that were sparked by a book, snatches from a poem, lyrics from a song or even a person!
Writer turned nurse Rain Amantiad walks us through the pains and sacrifice of migrating to a new country and how it has lead her to embrace freedom that comes with travel.
In 2007, I gave up a dream so that my family can fulfill theirs. I migrated to Wellington in New Zealand as a nurse, letting go of a budding career in writing and advertising. The one thing I knew I did best slipped out of my grip because I had to take in my palms the greater responsibility of providing for my family.
It was the working class struggle, the pain of the starving-artist-forced-to-conform-by-a-rumbling-stomach that inspired me to travel and run free.
There were still lots of other things that I braved. At first, out of sadness, out of angst. But later on, puzzles started to piece together, stuff began unfolding and everything commenced falling into place. I began knowing places in the same familiarity and precision as naming one too many kinds of joys and aches. I wove stories-- of railways and pigeons and red sunsets.
I worked as a nurse earning real world money, while dreaming barefoot on coffee breaks.
I have reckoned in the end, that me, losing control of the consequences of life had apparently turned the energy inward, revealing more and more of the passions I have other than writing. The thing with my travels was that, it afforded me the time to brood-- to know myself, to understand the workings of the world, and to decide between coming to terms with the world and having the world come to terms with me.
Rain Amantiad, 27, took up nursing to fund her wanderlust. Now in New Zealand, she walks barefoot in the wonderworlds of Narnia, Terabithia, Pandora and Middle Earth. Because suddenly, what the rest of the world deems as paradise is her everyday. Check out more of her travel writing on Destination: Everywhere.
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