It’s been almost 1 month since I left Thailand to come to India and 7 months since I started with Jet Set Zero. It’s been amazing, intense and certainly not without its joys and challenges, but India in particular has given me an opportunity to catch up with myself after 6-and-a-half years of stacking one trip after another. And I couldn’t be more grateful.
I love extreme travel and adventure, but for me, it’s not a life - it’s what adds to life. If you haven’t found that balance yet, as a traveler or simply as a human being, and you find yourselves where I have recently found myself - exhausted, stressed, tense (see photo)- than this is for you: We can call them professional goals, life goals, or our bucket lists, but I want to use this opportunity to remind everyone just how blessed we are, independent of our pursuits, just to be human. We get so busy, not only in our routines, but chasing dreams that we can easily forget to look inside and see that we are bold, beautiful, bountiful beings - and with no effort at all! Without any planes to catch or checks to cash.
I suppose I just wanted everyone to know that. No! Not know it. Feel it. Walk with it, dance with it, sing with it, and live with it. Fuckin’ take it on a walk! Buy it an ice cream cone. Smile on the street not caring what people might think. Fuck what anyone else thinks. They cant steal your shine, they can only dim their own. It’s taken me years to be able to say that with conviction, not just as a defense mechanism - and there’s still a lot of work to do, trust me - but it’s the best thing I can think of to share, because after all this, there are no regrets. I’d rather have encountered some truth and bliss in this life instead of just striving to become more socially adjusted or “normal”. (As always, to each their own.)
As written into the film “All About My Mother”, “Success has no taste or smell and when you get used to it, it’s as if it never existed.” Now, my goals may arise but I wont let them get in the way of enjoying my existence. If I have any goal, its to be 100% present in the now, because, really thats the only thing that exists with any certainty. That and death. And I have too much respect for death to bore you with that subject. So forget anything else I have said, because it’s all love. Love for the planet, love for self, and love for this glorious human race.
Other than a glorious return to California in my (hopefully) near future, I cant really say what’s next, but whatever it is expect it to be fuckin’ sexy!
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