Where to begin?
Perhaps not so much from where I last left off but more about where I am now. Not in the physical sense but perhaps the emotional one….
It’s been about a month since I last wrote of my time in India. Since then, I’ve been to Nepal for a week, two weeks in Thailand as a beach bum basically, and now in Bali, Indonesia. Yet I write of the physical state and not the emotional one…
It’s a bit difficult. To state the obvious—I am not ready for this journey to end in many ways, but in other ways I must for awhile at least. My body is physically exhausted, so much so that a few nights ago I had to call a doctor. Everything was fine afterwards, but it scared me quite a bit. I awoke in the middle of the night with stomach spasms so severe I wasn’t able to stand up, much less get out of bed. So now I find myself just kind of “hanging out” more than going, doing, and exploring like I was. Yet again, I am not ready to call this journey over with either. And it isn’t at this point. I’m in the beautiful country of Bali with local people that are just so kind, sweet to talk to, and again so connected by their spirituality that gives them this essence you don’t find readily in daily life in the states. Not really. I don’t know what it is I am trying to say. Perhaps this t-shirt I saw today says it best. It had symbols on it for all the major world religions, Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu and it said, “God is so big he can’t wear just one label”….
How true is that?
As I look back on the countries I’ve been in and the kindness of people in spite of their social/economic situation—what sustains them is their faith. Their beliefs. Their thoughts. That is where their happiness lies. What brings them through realities we cannot imagine in our daily existence…is just that. It is something I constantly struggle with within myself. That believing all things are possible with faith, determination, and a dream.
I have been so truly blessed in this lifetime in so many ways. To have been able to live this past year doing what I have. Seeing what I have. Meeting some of the wonderful people I have.
So do you understand why I don’t want this journey to end yet? I feel as if the best part has just begun. I’ve just learned so much but have so much more to learn still…
So let me see what the road ahead still has in store. I still have another week left in Bali then a few weeks in Australia before returning home to the islands. It will be wonderful to see my family again. I’ve missed them immensely, I realize this especially in my travels when I see little ones.
But this soul still has much to learn on this journey of life and the road seems to be my best teacher of all thus far….
Let’s see where that road leads from here.