“If this is life, I want to feel” - Well I'm back in the lucky country downunder and reflecting on our travels in California and Nevada, the new friends we made, the lessons we learnt, the magical places that blew our minds and touched our hearts, the busy hustle bustle of LA, the activity, the possibility, the good, the bad, the ugly, the demons, the Angels, the truth and the lies- all of it one big wondrous adventure and sampler pack of life :) And what is this life we live in this time of Snapchat and Pokémon? When the gap between the haves and the have nots just keeps getting wider- I shall never forget one beggars sign in Las Vegas which simply read, "No excuses - poor choices" - that really hit me hard – what a thin line it really is. One guy we met just jumped on a train out of Iowa and kept going till he hit the coast, no money to his name, just faith in a better life that he was yet to find, another girl’s car broke down just out of Malibu, with no money to fix it, she decided to live in it, but was yet to find a job- dreamers lost and the mentally ill all cursing at shadows by bus stops and water fountains.
I also saw very little trace of indigenous culture in the area. It’s crazy how far we’ve come with technology and yet we still seem dwarfed in other aspects of social organization. I am big believer in following your heart and going after the life that inspires you, and in digging deep to overcome every obstacle, in getting up more times than you get knocked down, but I am also aware of my privilege being born a White Australian Male. Whenever I travel I return home more humble and more grateful, touched as I am by the beauty of human struggle. For even at the core of those who would steal from you or deceive you without hesitation or conscience is that ever-pulsing life force willing its own survival. We learn from evolution that it is not survival of the fittest, but survival of the most adaptive, yet still it moves me to tears- all suffering! Of course life’s beauty would be diminished without its flaw, without poverty, hardship, decay and death what would we strive for? And would love and kindness be as spectacular and meaningful?
In the face of annihilation, cheerfulness and all that we do to help one another, all that we do to uplift one another, friendship, love and imagination – these are the true treasures and riches of human existence – this and purpose.
I will continue to weep and feel for all that is this life, for in such tears there are rainbows rich and fertile with all the wonder and spectacle that is this great gift of witnessing this incredible life.
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