“If I had no fear, what would I just say yes to?”

Some things we lose are easy to replace, some are irreplaceable…I’m absolutely devastated to have lost our precious Tibetan prayer flags. They were part of our wedding ceremony and filled with messages from people who witnessed our marriage or met us along our journey through the Americas.

Paul’s traffic camera captured them falling off my bike at the Guachimontones pyramids. We drove back there in the hope of finding them or that perhaps someone had handed them in to the tourist office lost property. The Mexican people were simply amazing in their quest and energy to help us find them. As I stood sobbing in the carpark people searched and phoned friends or colleagues who had been there on the day, but unfortunately we did not find them… after days of crying into my helmet as we ride or losing sleep over our loss I’m ready to share how I hope to move on …

Tibetan prayer flags promote peace, compassion, strength and wisdom. The messages written on them are spread by the wind, to bring goodwill and compassion to all.

“Just as life moves on and is replaced by new life, Tibetans renew their hopes for the world by continually mounting new prayer flags. This act symbolises a welcoming of life’s changes and an acknowledgement that all beings are part of a greater ongoing cycle.”

In the spirit of accepting life’s changes and moving forward, I’m going to make new prayer flags and I’m asking for contributions from everyone of messages to write on our flags. We all have things we dearly wish for, but fear often stands in our way. Our journey’s motto is “just say yes” and has been about facing our own fears (and prejudices) on the adventure we’ve long dreamt of. It would be wonderful to gather a collection of messages from people who have taken a moment to reflect and answer the question:

“If I had no fear, what would I just say yes to?” Add your age, city, country of residence and name (or indicate if you want to remain anonymous) 

I’m hoping that sharing a collection of these reflections will inspire us all and remind us that we all have similar dreams and fears, that we can encourage each other. Through sharing with honesty we share our collective strength, compassion and wisdom.

Please send your contributions either via private message or email matthewmaryna@gmail.com

Thank you in advance!

Maryna and Paul

6 thoughts on ““If I had no fear, what would I just say yes to?”

  1. Hi Maryna , I think you were meant to leave them behind at those amazing pyramids… they anyway symbolize that you should spread happy thoughts into the universe … anyway, that’s how I see it 🙂 However, psychologically it was your anchor and now you have to dig deep to have an another anchor – perhaps a sense of purpose , or simply your breath that you always have with you. Phew , easy for me to say sitting comfy in my Zürich apartment … I an so humbled by your experiences and spreading joy around the world and anyway making such an impact on everyone you meet and all who reads your posts. What a fabulous mission . Go girl!!!

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  2. I did not answer the question:
    Buy a Swiss farm and live like Heidi. Eat bread and cheese every meal . I’ll plant herbs and vineyards for 🍷 and walk in the meadows with goats and dogs and spend time with Eric and breathe fresh air and listen to the birds.

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  3. Hi Maryna – a wise old lady said something profound to me a long time ago – “don’t cry over something that can’t cry over you” – easier said than done under the circumstances of losing something precious – but it did resonate with me. Happy travels xxx


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