Four years ago today…

I like Facebook’s On This Day function. Today, it showed me a photo I took in 2011.

I looked at the photo, thought to myself, “Great photography skills, YQ.” Then I reposted it.

kinkakuji 2011

I usually don’t think about these old memories but today my mind kept going back to the photo of Kinkakuji. When was it taken? Who was I with?

Slowly, the memories came back. I was in Japan with my mom. We were in Kyoto and it was slightly drizzling when we were at the site.

Then as I was crossing the road, I remembered that there was more to the photo than I previously thought.

The Start button

It was taken on the day that I made a promise to myself that I will make my Big Break happen. I was sure that I was going to be able to travel around the world. I didn’t know how exactly but I was sure. If you’ve read the book Your Big Break, I wrote

As I unrolled the futon [in the hostel room], a radical thought that had been fermenting in my mind bubbled up. For a split second, I considered whether I should say it out loud. It sounded crazy in my head.

But before I could catch myself, I announced loudly, to no one in particular, “I’M GOING TO GO ON A ROUND THE WORLD TRIP!” My brain processed the thought. My heart pounded so hard that I felt like it was going to burst. There, I said it. Once something leaves my lips, I will make it happen.

That sensation felt like something Liz Gilbert wrote in her book Big Magic: Thoughts on Creative Living  about inspiration:

 Feeling the shivers on the back of your neck and the goose bumps on your arms when you hear an idea that makes you want to follow it. Feeling as though something is laying a path for you. That coincidences are happening. That information is being put in front of you. That if you follow that path—almost like a divine scavenger hunt—you will be brought to something really wonderful—something that comes from you, but also came to you at the same time.

That was the exact feeling. That was my Start button.

After pressing the Start button, It took another two years of careful planning before I went on the round-the-world trip.

Looking for your Start button

We all need this start button to give ourselves a push in the direction we want to go. An idea that you want to materialize so much that you’re possessed to complete it.

But things don’t stop from there. We all need to work to make great things happen to us, instead of waiting for things to happen.

You also need to know that you’re the only one who can make things happen.

It might take years for it to happen. Not everyone will be supportive. As long as you know you can do it (and keep trying), one way or another, you can make it happen.

Do you remember a day where you made a big decision and started making things happen?

More about Liau Yun Qing

Yun Qing is a writer, improviser and curious person. She loves finding little adventures in life. In 2013, she went on a 130-day round-the-world trip. She wrote a book to help those who also want to go on a career break.

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