Can I share a slice of realness? Thanks! (Assuming you said yes, if not just read the next three sentences and stop). We went in a four day sailing trip from Flores to Lombok in Indonesia. I took this picture in the middle of the trip, on a gorgeous morning hike, on a remote cliff-filled island. Everything was amazing: the views, the fact that we were in the middle of the ocean, the day before this we saw komodo dragons (aka real life living dinosaurs), and even sleeping in a communal room on floor mats wasn't half bad. But despite all that, I started to feel kind of low. Maybe it was too much time to think on the boat? Maybe I should have brought more reading material?It turns out, Brady was feeling the same way.
Him: "What are we doing here?" Me: "Uh, hiking to the top of this peak, then back to the boat to snorkel at Pink Beach and...Oh, you mean like, wtf are we doing with our lives? Yeah, I have no idea."
We've slowly been trying to figure it out. We quit our jobs to have time to figure it out, but some days have been running around like it's our jobs to see all the sights and eat all the food. I'm working on taking time to breathe and find my purpose. But it's still a work in progress. FOMO is real and it's at crazy new levels being in counties you're not sure you'll ever have a chance to come back to see. I don't want to miss a second of it, but I also want to make sure I'm being intentional, not just mindlessly bouncing from sight to sight without processing. It's a surprisingly hard balance. Like I said, work in progress.
Every day of travel I've felt incredibly lucky and fortunate that this is my life at this moment. That I have this chance to see beautiful places, meet beautiful people from all over the world, and have so many new experience, especially eating 100% delicious food. But I also have felt varying degrees of crummy about being only a consumer right now. Just absorbing. Not serving. Not truly giving anything back. As I move forward with my trip, I hope to flip this dynamic some how, but I'm still working on how. Any advice/wisdom is always welcome.
This is the Upheaval Dome Trail in Canyonlands where the trail drops 🔽 into the Syncline Valley. This hike reminded me of life in many ways. There is always beauty around you if you slow down enough to observe. The hike starts out pretty level and then drops 1600 feet into the Syncline Valley which you must then hike out of and another 1600 feet up. Much in the ways our lives have the ups and downs, the good times and the bad. Sometimes you are on a down side of life, but if you keep moving forward with determination you will eventually make it to the top. In both life and the trail, look back every now and then to see how much you’ve made it through! 🏜🏃🏻👊🏻🌞🌵😎👍🏻🇺🇸 With my feet upon the ground
I lose myself between the sounds
And open wide to suck it in
I feel it move across my skin
I'm reaching up and reaching out
I'm reaching for the random or
What ever will be wilder me
What ever will be wilder me
And following our will and wind
We may just go where no one's been
We'll ride the spiral to the end
And may just go where no one's been
Tool - Lateralus
This is a poem written for for @missroselouise:⠀
Otter Falls/Snoqualmie Lake⠀
My notes are alone and⠀
In the space you usually fill⠀
I hear a waterfall⠀
I close my eyes⠀
I hear the snow fall off a tree.⠀
Later, I tell you⠀
It isn’t the same.⠀
There is something we make.⠀
Something that can’t be touched,⠀
Perhaps when music is combined,⠀
It makes something more.⠀
Maybe it wasn’t the extra notes that I missed.⠀
Maybe it was you. ❤️🎻🎹⠀