abu dhabi.

by Sonia

So a few months ago, my bf and I decided it was time we make our trip to Dubai (more specifically Abu Dhabi) happen. His parents have lived there for the past 5 years and he was really excited to one day take me there to experience it. Flights were booked, bags were packed and it was time to go!

Though sometimes things don’t happen this easily…

Here’s my stressful story.

The night before the flight, I came down with a really bad case of the stomach flu 😦 I can’t remember the last time I felt so bad… the only thing running through my mind was.. “how am I going to get on a 13 hour flight tonight?” The puking was followed by a fever,  chills, body aches and a very large headache. All around Bad News Bears.

At 11am I get a phone call from my boyfriend – who at the time felt terrible I was in such a bad state. Especially since he had to break the next set of bad news to me. My visitation visa got rejected. Who would have known it is SO easy to get a visa if you’re the daughter of someone living over there (the father is your sponsor) yet SO difficult if you’re not 😦

It had been so long since Justin spent Christmas with his entire family, so I pushed him to go on without me as I stayed home in Toronto, sick in my bed.

What a great way to start the holidays eh?

A few days later I got the most beautiful bouquet of flowers delivered to my door with a long note from Justin & his family. This put a big smile on my face.

After moping around for long enough, I reminded myself that everything happens for a reason. Although I wasn’t able to have a cool experience in the middle east, I was able to spend Christmas with my entire family (my sister flew in from Vancouver) and Justin was able to spend Christmas with his (you have no idea how rare it is for his whole family to be together). So maybe everything was meant to happen this way?

I guess what I’m trying to say is.. don’t get upset by things you can’t have or do, appreciate the moment and who you spend it with 🙂

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year !!