This is the Golden Port Salou, a hotel dear to me for two reasons. The first is that I’ve had my best holidays abroad when staying there. The second is that it’s the ultimate reminder in terms of my progress.
The first time I went I couldn’t see the beauty in anything. I was consumed so much by everything going on internally that I never processed my surroundings, stopped feeling most positive emotions, and had a lack of appreciation for everything. It was, at the time, one of the worst holidays I’ve ever had. But looking back, it makes me happy.
I had a lot of help when I came home and completely changed my mindframe, and found we were going to Salou again. We didn’t go to the same hotel but I went on a walk there myself whilst soaking up the sun, smiling, and feeling at peace. Everything looked absolutely beautiful this time around. I felt alive and prepared for anything. I felt stronger than I’d ever been.
I’m going again this year and I’m so excited. It fills me with optimism and reminds me that things are never permanently awful and that with hard work anything can be overcome. It’s a therapeutic place on a personal level that’s assisted in my recovery a great deal.