The alarm going off at 5.15am was not a welcome sound. I had not slept well and I was tired. The boys were even harder to rouse and made their distaste at being woken up before they were ready, well known. In spite of this we dragged ourselves out of bed and to the front of the hostel for pick up if only due to the commitment that we had made yesterday to partake in this activity. Half an hour later, feeling alive and refreshed from the sea breeze those negative feelings were all but a distant memory. And coursing through the beautifully blue calm ocean swells in slow pursuit of the magnificent pods of leaping dolphins ahead was a magical experience that Ricky, the boy’s and I will never forget.
There is a saying that I have often seen splashed across breathtaking photos that states…
‘Fill your life with experiences, not things.
Have stories to tell. Not stuff to show.’
… and now more than ever I wholeheartedly concur.
As my husband will confirm, I like to spend money. I feel a rush or euphoria as my heart skips a few beats and I hit the ‘Buy Now’ button or wave my card across an EFTPOS machine. But this feeling is fleeting. After the initial purchase the hot rush of adrenaline fades. If it is a well thought out purchase I may feel episodes of appreciation for the item later on but that feeling has got nothing on the complete and utter exhilaration that comes from experiencing something exciting, perceivably dangerous, or new.
Riding a scooter is a rite of passage, an everyday means of transport for the local people here in Bali and yet when we nervously agreed to our first ride home on a scooter we experienced that excited energy that only truly comes from living out an event or going on an adventure. Rory, the child who is usually so cool and blasé about his feelings was alive with the buzz that he encountered from riding on the front of the scooter. The next day we hired two scooters for ourselves to use in Amed, where it is quiet on the roads, and we felt safe. And again that electric sensation of doing something new and living life to the fullest was ours to feel once more.
I know driving a scooter in Bali may seem like a tame event to get so excited about but to us it was the rush of the unknown encounter and we loved every minute of it. It has been 10 wonderful days on this travelling journey so far for us and while I have enjoyed every minute of it the highlights have been the experiences; seeing those amazing dolphins from the traditional Balinese fishing boat and driving those scooters through small, windy pot hole filled roads with barely room enough for one car, these will be the memories that stay with us for the longest. And when we think about these events we wont be able to do anything but smile (and yes, I have a goofy smile plastered all over my face right now from reliving the moment).
Even though I have only just begun this journey I already feel like I am starting to slowly learn what the important things in life really are. I am pleased that I am focused on what I can do and feel rather than what I can buy and consume and glad that I will have stories to tell of these experiences to anyone that will listen. Follow us along the way to read more tales about our experiences and about my learning journey and please, please let me know what your favourite experiences have been so that maybe I can try those too!
xx Travelling Fresh