Turtle mode

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The Festival of Tina has been all about changing things up, taking a chance and having fun. But maybe deep down I didn’t really believe it was possible for your luck to change. But it has. Things have really changed. No more walking along, minding your own business and a seagull shits on you from a great height. Now, I’m swimming around in the pristine ocean in Hawaii and turtles just happen by.

Now, Richard Branson walks in to a café and sits down next to me.

It’s the universe…

I’m singing in a bar in New York City with Billy Joel’s sax player.

Best night ever.. singing Valerie with the band at the Bitter End in NYC.

And to cap it all off, Kamikona’s cousin Flippa from Hawaii Five-0 is singing in the bar. My luck has changed.

This latest trip with the TWATs was no exception. Every flight we found ourselves up the front in Economy Plus. Well, some of us. Sorry to the two who had to sit down the back with the ants. (We actually had time to get coffee while we waited for them to get off the plane.)

My son and I came up with the term The Travel Mindset years ago when a whole bunch of things went wrong on a trip. We just shrugged our shoulders and said “oh well” and laughed at ourselves for accidently choosing to fly out of Avalon Airport in Melbourne. We agreed that using the same mindset in your every day life was less common but preferable.

Now, after one year of the FOT, I’ve realised that you can maintain the travel mindset all the time, if you live in the present and truly enjoy the moment you are in. Don’t worry, I haven’t turned in to Pollyanna. I’ve come back home and I still don’t love talking to angry people anymore than I did before.

But after work, I’m clocking off and exploring wherever I am at.

And I am taking steps towards setting up a new way of living that is more than just existing or surviving. I’m going Full Turtle Mode!

Side note: Ironically, when a seagull actually does shit on you from a great height, as you are walking along minding your own business, this is apparently lucky. So here is the final proof. My luck has changed.

A seagull really did shit on me. What are the chances? In true Tina style, however, I bought the turtle necklace to celebrate the new way of thinking. I have already lost it.

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