Your beauty is imprinted in my memory; your crystal blue waters, the lush greenery that surrounds the villas nestled in your hills and your sunsets that repeatedly took my breath away. In fact, I fell a little bit in love with you during the 9 days that I stayed on your island. Because unlike any other holiday I've ever been on (and I've been fortunate enough to have a few), it was you that showed me things, taught me things and helped me to realise a few things that have forever changed my life. It was you, that helped me to create memories that I will always hold dear.
You were a charmer, a bit of a flirt. You teased and you seduced, you just wanted to play. You were tame when the sun was up but when it went down, you spread a kind of irresistible magic that took hold of everyone - including me. Perhaps had the circumstances been different, I'd have resisted you, fended you off with my common sense and good judgement - both of which I often have too much of. But something about you, something about the timing of our meeting and the company I enjoyed on your island, set me free of those qualities I often resent. I let go, temporarily shifted my priorities and I shed a skin.
So I wanted to thank you, personally. And if you're reading this as someone who spent time with me on the island, thank you to you too - to each and every one of you. You all made an impact on me, shared something with me and shaped my experiences during those 9 days into something very special and very memorable. I connected with all of you, whether you realised it or not.
And now, having been home for a few weeks, I know that I'm different. I feel different. It's like I've had an epiphany, a shift in perspective that has made me ... well, happier. I smile more. I have more energy. I am able to focus, work, achieve more efficiently - and usually without stress too. Now, irritations just wash over me. Obstacles don't seem so difficult to overcome. I can't bear the thought of wasting my energy on negativity anymore. And yet, I am aware that I'm experiencing a sort of post-holiday honeymoon period. Of course I will still have bad days, negative thoughts and travel through tunnels in which I can't see the light. But right now? There is a light from within that seems to keep radiating - and others have noticed it too. I don't want that light to go out, I want to stay on cloud nine forever.
So again Ibiza, thank you. Thank you for encouraging me to drink enough wine to sink a battleship, thank you for the nights I spent dancing until my feet hurt, thank you for the endless sunshine and glorious heat beating down on my skin but thank you, most importantly, for providing me with a holiday I won't ever forget.
Just know that you've set the bar high. If I ever return (which I fully intend to), you've got a lot to live up to for round two.