Paradise Found

Your paradise can be with you everyday; you just have to look around and find it.

St. Thomas USVI

I was speaking with a friend of mine not long ago about my desire to live a more nomadic life, one where I was always traveling; kind of like a professional island hopper. It was suggested that this would make vacations less meaningful. Well, I thought about this and I think if you appreciate everyday then everyday will be a vacation. To most people, me included, vacation is an escape. But, if you love your everyday there is no need for an escape; and that is how I want my life to be.

I have grown up in Florida my entire life, and I have never stopped loving and appreciating where I live. I have always recognized that I live in a place where some spend thousands of dollars to visit for a short time. And though this place is my norm I have always recognized how lucky I am. I think it is this type of mentality that makes my idealistic life possible to live and appreciate. Having this view of the world though isn’t easy. It takes work and effort to not get bogged down in the day to day shuffle or to lose sight of the beauty that surrounds us; but in reality this happens to us all from time to time.

It is easy to become complacent in our lives and lose sight of what we have to be thankful for and I try everyday not let this happen to me. For instance when I have the chance I take the long way home to drive down A1A. This path is longer and takes more time but I get to cross a great draw bridge with a view of some amazing yachts, then I get to drive home down a palm tree lined street literally 50 yards from the crashing waves of the Atlantic. And no matter the temperature outside I put my windows down to smell the salt air and I always think about how much I love living here.

As often as I can I walk to the beach and just sit listening to the waves. I walk through my neighborhood and look at the banyan trees, mango trees, and palm trees, the sailboats, motor yachts, and fishing boats tied to their slips and it gives me a great feeling of contentment and appreciation. The other day I was driving, the sun was going down to the west and as I came around a turn the sun was back dropped behind some coconut palms showing a beautiful silhouette against a red sky, and I actually said out loud “dammit I love this place”; and that is how I try to live every day. This particular day was one of those days I could have used that escape but that single instance brought me back to the moment and made my day better.

So I guess my point is that we are only here for a short time and every second is a moment in time we will never get back; so why not notice every moment we can, why not truly appreciate every moment we can? Even if it is just walking somewhere and looking up at a beautiful sky, birds flying, a wave crashing, a snow covered tree line, a mountain range in the distance, or a nice tree lined street; take that moment and really be there in that moment in time. Be in the here and now and appreciate it. Even if it just a moment, a second during an otherwise busy or stressful day; take it, appreciate it, and really live it. I think you will find that you are happier and it makes the day less tedious.

Don’t just coast through your life, really notice it and all it’s small moments and then you will begin to really live it. By doing this everyday life will be better and even if you still need that vacation (which let’s face it we all do sometimes) it will be better and you will take more of it home with you. And to my original point, if you are lucky enough to live the nomadic life chasing paradise, then your everyday will be a vacation and the chase will become more like a walk within paradise; the pursuit will be over. The majority of our lives most of us are doing things we are only doing because we have to, i.e. school and work, so why not make it as great as possible. Your time is your most valuable possession so use it to its fullest and then you will find your paradise everywhere you go.


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4 Responses to “Paradise Found”

  1. Pinky February 7, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    Well done Shawn. Great blog. I loved every word of it. Cheers!

  2. Big Kahuna February 8, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    That’s what it’s all about brother!
    Take some time to stop and smell the coconuts!


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