With less than a week until my trip to Greece, I couldn't resist re-watching Shirley Valentine for the millionth time the other day. If you've not already seen it (because it is a classic), I'd thoroughly suggest you go to HMV and pick it up on DVD. Mainly because Shirley Valentine herself is without doubt one of the best characters ever. The story (in a nutshell) is about a bored, middle-aged housewife who rediscovers herself on holiday. It's a funny, raw and poignant film about someone broadening their horizons through travel. And of course falling in love with Greece. But there's one moment that really gets me every time. A scene where she's sat by the sea drinking wine and she laments. She laments the life that she's been leading, the opportunities she's missed and the dreams she's let fade away:
"I have led such a little life, I have allowed myself to lead this little life when inside me there is so much more. And it has all gone unused, and now it never will be. Why do we get all this life if we don't ever use it? Why do we get all these feelings and dreams and hopes if we don't ever use them? That is where Shirley Valentine disappeared to. She got lost in all this unused life"
The idea that one day you might look back on your life and have those sort of regrets terrifies me. And it's no secret that in the past year I've prioritised travel as a means of healing old wounds and changing my perspective. So it felt fitting to start my series of travel posts, with my more unexpected trip to Lanzarote back in May. Having found myself at the brink of a huge change in my life, and made the leap towards the unknown (and self employment), my parents offered me the chance to tag along on their trip to Lanzarote. And although I'll admit it's never featured on a list of places I'd love to visit, I couldn't resist a few days in the sunshine. Although I didn't think for one moment I'd find the place to be so full of raw, natural beauty.