"Unexpected twist"

What seemed as a negative experience turned out to be a gift from heaven.

A few days before Christmas, I received negative news on a professional level. At least, that was what I had made of it at first. What would feel like a defeat for most of the population, I see as a blessing. It only took me three hours before awareness hit me. 

I had just lost my position within the company, due to my sincerity. Committed to the company and my job, I had reported a misbehaviour of one of my team members, the wife of a board member … Clearly a battle I couldn't win in a million years. 

Again, a confirmation of what I stand for: How hard and unfair the outcome may be, I live my life according to my own values and standards! And would it occur again, I would just make that same decision.

This was fate. This was destined. All the dreams I had before had remained only with dreams. From now on I will write down my stories, I will finally share my experiences and my vision.


What if you have the chance to, together with your children, tie the backpack and leave for an adventure? No kids, no, young adults. Respectively 19 and 24 years old. What if you have such a bond where you know that you can enjoy each other's company. Enjoy each other's presence. Especially if you know that one of them travels with an open ticket to the other side of the world (Australia) and starts to taste the different possibilities. He had planned a three-week stopover in Thailand before traveling to Australia.

What initially felt like a negative message now gives me a sense of peace and confidence. Trust in a good outcome and the best decision he could take at the time. Enter the wide world and enjoy every moment.

In view of what just happened, I could immediately take the wise decision to travel along to Thailand. Saying goodbye where we would not be surrounded by fixed habits but in a neutral place. A place where we could build memories together. Sharing moments that are ours and that no one can take away from us. Thailand, here we come. Ten days of enjoying my sons who each go their own way and live their lives on their own terms!

I booked, without any hesitation, a flight for my youngest son and myself. Backpacks were prepared and we got off for this adventure. 

We got to see the biggest Buddha in Bangkok. Got to play with, and hug tigers in Chiang Mai. We went for a walk with elephants and got to bathe them. Got the privilege to travel the backpack paradise Pai where we slept in cabins with a breathtaking view. But most of all, we had ten days of perfect company and great talks!

It occured to me that my boys are all grown up, ready to take their own decisions and concure the world. They both have a view on life that every mom would be proud of. What an honor it is to be able to go backpacking with your kids and share these moments. It's a confirmation to me that, regardless of all the ups and downs we have experienced together in the past, the bond we have is priceless!

Obviously this sudden decision to join him could have turned out negative, would we not all live our lives with a positive attitude. It goes without saying that there have been discussions on the way. What else to expect with three totally different characters. Discussions are needed to make us realize how much we love each other. It gave us a closer view on how we react in certain situations. We got to get to know each other differently. We are now even more close than before. And believe me, we were already very close!

So, instead of feeling depressed by losing my assignment at the company or reacting negatively to my sons announcement to go live on the other side of the world, I positively embraced the twists in life and looked at it in a positive way. It gave me the opportunity to backpack with my boys! Created memories that will stay with us for the rest of our lives and a farewell to never forget. No tears of sadness, no, only a broad smile of happiness!


Dare to leap and never forget: Live life on your own terms!

© Vicky Drappier

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