Before I started writing this post, I looked up the meaning of “roll with the punches”. Now, don’t color me stupid. I knew the gist of the saying but I just wanted to be sure for the purpose of this blog post. I found the most fitting definition on Urban dictionary and it’s this:“when things don’t go your way and you adapt to the changes and keep moving ahead instead of flipin out”.
See, that’s exactly what I had to do this weekend when I was supposed to go to London but couldn’t because I didn’t do my research well enough to know I needed a UK visa if I was traveling with my Kenyan passport. I got to the airport and was basically told “Nope!”. First thing I felt? Shock. First thought? I’m gonna be stuck in Stockholm. But I needed to figure out what to do, and do it fast. I couldn’t break down because what good would that do. First, I didn’t want my friends to miss their flight to London because of me. Second, I couldn’t change the circumstances, I could only control my response to it. And so, I hugged my friends good bye and got to looking at plane tickets to Paris. I found one for 4pm that day, purchased it, and proceeded to just sit for an hour. Doing nothing but looking at Instagram. I didn’t want to call my parents until I had somewhat of a plan because I didn’t what to scare them. I was going to deal with the situation step by step, you know, roll with the punches. And that’s what I did. It may have been a dump thing to do, not looking further than getting to Paris, but it was the only way I knew to do it.
I could recount detail by detail what happened but that would take forever. Once in Paris, I landed around 11:30pm, I got an hotel room, went to sleep, and decided to deal with the rest in the morning. I woke up with a clearer mind, did a little research, and decided to stay for in paris for three days because why not. I ended up having a good time, better than expected given the circumstances. I made friends while there and explored parts of the city I was yet to see. The louvre museum was one of them. The first time I was in paris, I only saw the outside and the weather wasn’t great then. But this time, I went in and got to see the Mona Lisa.
I learned so much about myself in that short amount of time. The main one being how I respond to unexpected situations. So, the next time you find yourself in a fix, do what you have to and just roll with the punches