Right now I am living deep in the boonies of Sanur, away from all of the tourism and western ideals. Here, I stay in a small room with no kitchen, a bathroom that sees no barrier between the shower and toilet, and with rats running around the outside. Did I mention that it is also located on the backend of a hole-in-the-wall chicken shop? Out on the underdeveloped street lies shack-esq restaurants and vehicle shops full of people working hard just to get by. Needless to say, there is not much luxury that exists here, yet every day, I walk the streets to smiles and “halo”s from all that I pass. The lack of luxury does not mean there is any shortage of happiness.
Today I woke up early without an alarm, as I have every day since I arrived in Bali. I blame that partially on the jetlag but I think it actually fixed my sleep. I am only a few miles from work and the beach, so around 7 am I ordered a quick ride from Go-Jek and in about 15 minutes I found myself at my work office. I am lucky enough to teach English online in a collective workspace on the bottom floor of the Artotel. The hotel is located only 2 small blocks from the water. On this fine morning, I chose to go use the infinity pool on the roof of the hotel and enjoy the view.
Looking out into this paradise, I can’t help but feel weightlessness in my soul. Nothing existed at this moment except me in my purest form. It was like watching water trickle off of a rock in a hidden-away waterfall. Unfiltered, clean, pure; as it should be. Living in this environment filled with so much positivity, engrained in the community, absent from the unnecessaries, it does something to you as a person. I’m able to put things in perspective here whereas in the US money tends to be the motive for just about everything.
In the short time that I have been here, I have come to realize that many things that we hold dear to us are actually just baggage. So many people that I know hate 9 hours of their day, 5 days a week. That’s almost half of their awake lives. And for what? To go get blacked out every Friday and Saturday night only to do it all over again? People literally hate Mondays because it means they have to go somewhere they don’t enjoy for 5 days in a row. That’s 1/7th of your time on this earth. Why not love it? You only get one life!
I encourage anyone reading this to find the environment that makes you feel weightless when you are in it. Sure, I’m not where I want to be yet as a human or financially free, but I do know that I haven’t stopped smiling since I arrived here. There’s something to be said about living in the moment. So look up. You might be surprised by how beautiful it is. This article is sponsored by Air Plane Mode. Find your paradise.