You and nature are one and the same
At Turks and Caicos, my life was mandated by how I felt and not by what I had. I started making friends with things I deemed crazy before. I could recognize specific trees, corals, turtles, and fishes.
You see, I was intertwined with my surroundings and thus started to understand myself even better. If I damaged it, I could damage myself. My wellbeing relied on my connection to nature.
Not doing anything is healthy
Think about it. Dogs and cats, which are some of the closest animals we have, lie down, enjoy the sun, and do nothing for a while. So do other animals. Why can’t we slow down?
In the USA, I was on automatic. The system was always whispering me to buy, buy, and buy. There’s this constant bombardment of visuals and sounds telling us how to feel and how to live. I’m sure you know this feeling.
On the island, I would take the whole weekend to lie on the beach. Doing absolutely nothing. Except visiting my turtle pals. It’s a lifestyle to know that not doing anything is healthy, normal, and necessary.
Your success has nothing to do with what the system is telling you
Small events like putting my warm body in the cold ocean, breathing to the rhythm of a palm’s movement, listening to reggae music, seeing how peaceful the rays and turtles coexisted, and playing cards with my family on Fridays were the Holy Grail to me. I wasn’t worried if that was society’s definition of fun, success, or coolness. It was what it was. And so much more.
Listen. Your surroundings are talking to you. Souls all around you are hungry for conversations. Stop distracting yourself all the time
There’s no pressure to speak, and no necessity either. There’s no rush to think. Just listen.
I would find myself overhearing conversations between nature’s manifestations. It sounds crazy but it’s the truth. Stop reading this for a moment. Take off anything on top of your ears. What do you hear? What do you see around you? Go outside if you have a garden. How are the plants communicating with the environment around them? On the island, I started listening to nature’s demands, needs, and desires. And they became mine.
One single piece of plastic at the beach, and then you felt overwhelmed because nature felt overwhelmed. Snorkelling and visiting your turtle pals may turn into an angry dispute over how this piece of plastic trash got there in the first place. I wasn’t cleaning the beach or the ocean, I was also detoxing myself. You listen to nature’s concerns and as a friend would do to another friend, you defend it and love it.
Time Is Relative
Fact is you can’t control time. The key to life—and I’m probably being corny—is to appreciate the small things. When you do this, time flows gracefully.
Time on the island was just… I have no words for it. There was no need to rush, to do things. All you had to do was live. There was no lacking but no excess at the same time. There was no oh, do I have time for this? If something happens, it’s meant to happen. However simple or complicated, it was all valuable.