It was a hot midday afternoon when I decided to go for a swim. The hostel that I’m staying here in Kuta is just a ten-minute walk towards the beach. As I walk along Jalan Poppies, the famous backpacker’s area in Kuta, I couldn’t help but notice the huge number of tourists walking around and bargaining with various local vendors. A lot of them were buying souvenir stuff that they would probably take back home after their vacation in Bali.
It made me think, “What would be a nice thing to bring home after the trip?”
And then it made me laugh. I don’t even know when I will go home or if I have any plans to do so in the next few weeks.
And then my mind started wandering off…
It has been seven months since I’ve been away from home living this crazy passion called “travelling”. I left my job with the hope to see the world (or some parts of it) and earn online at the same time. It sounds crazy I know. But I’ve read that some people have done it and some are still doing it and I’d like to give it a try.
So far it has been doing well except in the last couple of months wherein the income started dwindling. I started to doubt myself but at the same time my guts told me to stay optimistic because everything will be fine. If only my inner self could react, it would probably punch me in the face and remind me of what I’ve accomplished in the past seven months.
But human as I am, sometimes I feel like losing grip on my target and giving up. Luckily, I met people online and my old friends who never get tired of believing that I would be able to go farther in this journey.
“Let’s eat first!” said one of my friends.
This remark woke me from my daydreaming. If I was walking on a bigger road with more vehicles I would have probably be hit by some car or motorbike. Sometimes my mind wanders off incessantly and starts hurling a variety of thoughts on me without a single warning.
After eating, we immediately cross the street to go to the beach.
At first glance, the beach reminded me of Long Beach in Puerto Galera although Kuta is way bigger than it. It has a wide shore filled with beige-coloured sand which might not look favourable for those who love white sand beaches like me.
I took off my shirt and ran towards the water.
It was refreshingly cold. The temperature of the water felt just fine. It balances the warmth of the afternoon sun.
Unlike other beaches that I’ve been to, this one creates small waves that made swimming more interesting. Maybe this made Kuta popular to surfers especially to those who are new to this kind of sport. The waves aren’t that big and it seems to be perfect for learning how to stand and balance on your board.
I saw a lot of locals and foreign tourists alike who were trying to balance on their boards. A lot of them fell off their boards on their first few tries but due to their persistence, they finally achieved what they came here for, to learn how to ride the waves.
It was such a joy even for spectators like me to see what they were able to achieve.
My friends and I were contented on just banging our bodies against the small waves. We filled our area of the beach with our child like laughter and kept on slamming the waves that passed us by. It was a great day. Indeed it was!
After a couple more hours, the sun began to cast an orange glow. It has begun what it has always been doing every day in the past centuries. A lot of people gathered on the shore to watch the sunset while my friends and I stayed on the water.
The sky begun changing its colours and the presence of an angel-wing shaped clouds added a more interesting appeal to the sky.
And then it dawned to me.
This is what I’ve been struggling for in my life, to be able to enjoy and see this kind of beauty. I love seeing how magnificent our planet is. And I’d like to see it now while I’m young and not when I’m too old to even carry my backpack. I’d love to see it every day and not just on weekends or during my days off or two weeks of vacation from work.
I like to live my life passionately every day!
I realized that what I’m really after is to live a passionate life and it just so happened that in my case, my passion is to travel and to see the world.
At that moment aside from having that kind of realization, I also had the conviction to re-asses and re-strategize. I need to be better and smarter from whom I was yesterday to be able to do this.
I lost the fear of uncertainty or not knowing what would happen tomorrow. On that same day, I gained a stronger faith that I would be able to really do this.
And the faith to believe that at the end of the day, everything will be alright!