October 9-15, 2015 ~ Spending 6 nights on the boat left me awed and amazed at the simplicity and goodness of life. Crossing the border between Brazil and Bolivia through a boat ride in the Amazon river, with its breathtaking views, sharing a deck with more than 20 people, majority were locals, with only hammocks as our beds, and delicious meals prepared by the boat staff 3 times a day were truly an experience worth remembering.
Opportunities like these are hard to turn down and I’ll forever be grateful for this moment that made me feel once again that every day is always a good day to be alive especially with it comes valuable realizations:
- To experience beautiful sunrise and sunsets and scenic views for days was a blessing each and every day
- I realized that language barrier is just an excuse and nothing else. When you genuinely want to get to know someone, there will always be a way.
- I realized that sometimes language barrier is not the only thing that hinders us from reaching out to people but also, first impressions. I spent 6 nights on the boat with 4 other foreigners, who can clearly speak english, and yet it was just on the last day that we got to interact with each other. It is very easy to assume how people, foreigners mainly, can be snobbish and just interact among themselves but in reality, neither one of us wanted to strike a conversation first. We tend to make things complicated when life could be so much simpler.
- Staying disconnected with the world for a few days was good for the mind and the soul. The 6 days/nights I spent on the boat were the most productive I’ve had in so long. I got to finish 3 books, wrote several blogposts, and contemplated about a lot of things. All these wouldn’t be possible if I’m connected because of all the distractions especially with social media.
- To see the elderly, enjoying and experiencing the same things as you do, would make you appreciate life even more and doing it at such a young age makes it a privilege that you shouldn’t take advantage.
There was a day during this trip that I felt really frustrated when my friend and I couldn’t talk to the locals because of the language barrier but the day’s turn of events proved that language barrier was just an excuse.
Offering a genuine smile, together with a positive energy, is truly the language of the world.
You may not understand each other entirely but a smile can break barriers. It’s enough for anyone to see right through your soul and the goodness in you. In truth, you attract what you feel and what you are, and when you believe that goodness is all around, then goodness you will find.