This month has been filled with an array of chaotic, crazy, wild and wonderful experiences – but abbreviated between the insanity are moments of complete calm.
There may be times in life when we feel out of control or afraid – such as when a Melanesian centipede is chasing you through the rainforest at night and you’re regretting your choice of footwear (Birkenstocks); when you’re completing a 12 hour hike up a volcano with a sinus infection and subsisting off crackers; or when you have to chase a man out of your hotel room in the middle of the night, you’re lost on an uninhabited island, or a colony of cockroaches selects your backpack as their new home.
In the moment, these can be rather off-putting experiences, but in the end, we are quite okay. All we can do is take a deep breath, let go, and drift through life’s chaotic array of hurdles like drifting in an unpredictable and wild ocean. When you have the right perspective, a dark and unforeseeable world below transforms into a gratifying, peaceful, beautiful place.
More stories to come, as my contributions for the next couple of months will focus on my experiences throughout the Solomon Islands and beyond.