Idealist. Realist. Optimist. By now you probably know that I’m always putting my efforts into being optimistic. I like to see the sunny side of EV-ER-Y-THING.
Last week I went on a liveaboard boat trip to the Bahamas, aka paradise, with two dear friends and 5 others whom I didn’t know. Everyone got along nicely, so things went well… except for the weather. Somewhat unfortunate on a liveaboard diving trip. It’s really how you look at it.
No “sunny” side? Rain can be pretty. And big, poofy, dark clouds are fun to watch change shape. There’s also the extra benefits of not having to worry about sunburn. As long as your safe—and not seasick—big waves can be doable. And we had ’em, too… as our trip coincided with a tropical depression! But it was the chefs that eventually blew me away—not the storm. They could make a meal similar to a Thanksgiving Day feast three times a day as that boat rocked back and forth. They were so impressive with their attention and care and knowledge of gluten free food preparation. They effortlessly handled every little detail while the rest of us held on. Beautiful people inside and out.
I had been looking forward to the sunsets and watching the stars in the velvety night sky, but it was too overcast throughout the trip. I did get to see my stars, however… but in an unexpected way. Turned out it was the PEOPLE.
One tireless crew member tied two 5-pound weights together with zip strips so I could have a 10-pound weight to do my workouts. I also met a French gentleman who romantically explained why he loves his wife so… and how she can go get sandy and windblown in the waves of the German lakes where they live, then go out for dinner and still be so lovely and beautiful. Or the father who invented the magnificent Rising Tide Car Wash in Parkland, Florida to give his son and other autistic young adults the opportunity for employment and a sense of purpose. I also met a 24YO with Lyme Disease who just can’t stop livin’ even though she’s not well. I was AMAZED by their bright, personal sunshine and their dedication to their children and families. The stories of their careers, business endeavors, and relationships taught me many valuable lessons and gave me much insight.
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?” — John Steinbeck
I thought I was going to the Bahamas for a Caribbean adventure, but what I got was a digital detox (the most I’ve had in years), lessons on how people cope in their day-to-day lives, and true human connection as we shared stories—without once looking down at our phones.
Life is uncertain and can be uncomfortable. But that’s not necessarily a bad place to be. We gain contrast and perspective… and therefore, appreciation. We did have turquoise waters and sunshine for one single, beautiful day. ☀ Life, health, and happiness! Perspective is everything.