Chasing your dream
Last summer Marcos quit his job and followed a dream to move from Barcelona to London. Before settling down in the UK he went for travels with his friend Jordi around Europe for almost 3 months. Ukraine was a part of the planned trip, but nobody couldn’t know that on the 2nd of August, 2015 they won’t take a plane to Belarus because officers didn’t let them do so. But destiny always has its own plans for us 😉
Now we know that only because they missed their flight this meeting got a chance to happen… We met via Tinder and spent less than 24 hours together on that day. And I have to admit, it has been one of the craziest days I have had in my life. We climbed to the top of 60 meters height bridge and crossed the Dnipro river at night (which is in the picture below).
Does the distance ruin relationships?
But that time turned out to be more than enough to keep in touch for the next 5 months when we went for the trip around the Balkans in winter. The trip around Montenegro, Albania, and Macedonia lasted for 13 days. It was such an intense dive into exploring another person, mixed with an exciting feeling of discovering new places and cultures. Almost every evening we were lucky to catch a sunset and fuse with nature for a while. I was backpacking for the first time in my life! And something inside of me was whispering that it is just the beginning…
On the 3rd of January, I flew to Ukraine and Marcos was back in London. And within the next few days, I was already taking a plane to Miami where I got a dream-job on a cruise liner. It took me almost six months in total from the moment I found a link for this position up to the moment I first stood on a massive 14-decks ship “Independence of the Seas”. For almost four months I was exploring the Caribbean, being able to visit Jamaica, Haiti, Mexico, Belize, and many more paradises of this planet. I was lucky to combine my two biggest passions: traveling and art. I worked as an art associate selling artworks from upcoming/established artists up to masters, such as Francisco Goya and Rembrandt.
I can’t say it was an easy time in terms of having relationships in the distance. We saw each other only for two weeks out of eight months since we knew each other. But so far I had no doubts that this person is the one with whom I am not afraid to go to the edge of the world.
(Especially to one on the left side 👈🏼 )
While I was overseas Marcos started an amazing project “Story of our Lives”. The idea is very simple, as we were writing letters to each other and sharing our daily life via emails. However, it is hard to describe how helpful it turned out to be! I never had much time to keep in touch according to my working schedule and difference in time. That is why collecting all information and sharing it in letters was the best option for us. Every now and then I was going through them and growing hope of meeting each other again very soon.
A change of plans can lead to unexpected opportunities
Later on, in April I got an unexpected vacation (as I was supposed to stay on the cruise liner till the end of July). Four days after my arrival I was at the airport in Ukraine looking for Marcos among strangers who just departed from London.
Our time together could be compared to a moment when you try to stop time and keep this for as long as possible. I realized that I have learned how to appreciate the present and not to rush towards an unknown future. Thus we got a chance to add four magical days to the two weeks that we have spent together. In meanwhile we applied for my visa to the UK and got the patience to wait for almost one month to find out a result…
When the world lends you a hand
It was the sleepless night the day before I went to pick up my passport from the embassy. A moment later I was having tears of happiness in my eyes. I knew that fortune smiles to those who are looking for it and ready to fight for what they love.
On the same day, I was taking a plane to London. I fasten my seat belt and started thinking about everything that happened in the last ten months since we met for the first time…
Today it has been two months and a half since I arrived in London and like never before I feel I am on the right way in my life. Here are 2 more weeks of joy to come and afterward I will be back in Ukraine. We don’t know how things will turn out for us, but one thing is clear for sure. A year ago the universe made a marvelous present for my birthday and let me meet a soulmate among billions of people. And the fire that sparkled inside of me that day brought me through the time and distance to where I am now.
I wish everyone to be brave and never give up. You might be just one little step away from your dream, even if it seems unreachable!
Hug your hearts and share love to every corner of the world,