Updated: Jul 19
During my incredible journey to Nice, France, I stumbled upon the secret ingredients that truly make life enchanting. As I embarked on this adventure, I anticipated a world filled with awe and wonder, only to find myself slightly disenchanted upon arrival. It wasn't that the views, architecture, villages, or people lacked magnificence – it was the overwhelming frenzy of people in pursuit of something intangible, a certain je ne sais quoi, which had been overshadowed by commercialized consumerism. Nice had turned into a modern-day amusement park, minus the roller coasters.
I had fallen under the spell of countless social media videos, showcasing the highlights and promising grandeur. Yet, I soon realized that I had been deceived by the illusionist of urban living, the curtain pulled back to reveal a different reality. Moreover, I held a romanticized notion that returning to the country of my birth would fill the voids within me, completing my identity. In my quest for completion, I had an epiphany – the secret ingredient to true enchantment lies in intention.
Enchantment is not found in a specific destination or a final arrival. It is found in the courageous act of becoming intentional about self-expression through spirit. If we are not willing to be intentional about how we paint the canvas of our lives, we will forever be on a never-ending search for elusive magic. We are all artists, wielding the superpower of imagination to shape the life we desire. Each interpretation is unique and personal.
What captivated me most during my time in Nice was witnessing the creativity of the human soul, adding their own brushstrokes to the majestic scenery created by the universe itself. As I returned home, my perspective expanded, confirming what I had sensed throughout my entire life – happiness stems from having the courage to create, to give birth to a vision. It does not come from mindless consumption or conforming to others' expectations. Contentment does not reside in some far-off place; it resides within us.
Enchantment is the word that encompasses my life's philosophy. By setting the intention to infuse enchantment into everything I do and create, I realize that I need not travel far to experience its magic. The true secret lies in embracing the power of intention, allowing it to guide my journey. With every step, I am reminded that enchantment is not an external pursuit, but an internal alchemy that transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary.
May we all have the courage to live intentionally and unlock the enchantment within us, painting the tapestry of our lives with our unique colors and brushstrokes. Let us embrace our inner artist and dance with the universe in harmonious creation. The magic awaits, and it starts with our intentions.