“If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.” –Lao Tzu
To be honest I’m disappointed to share that I wasted more than a few days being unsatisfied and occasionally even bored with my current situation. I know you’re probably reading this wondering what the hell is wrong with me. And I won’t blame you for questioning my sanity. Because from what it looks like I’m practically on vacation, drinking out of coconuts and lying beneath palm trees on a beautiful island all day. And 1/3 of the time I would agree with you. But what you have to understand is that there is a lot of time when I’m tucked away in the jungle, absolutely disconnected from everything. No transportation to come and go as I please, no wifi, no cable and sometimes no people to connect with. Honestly, that’s the main appeal for most guests that come through the Treehouse Village, which I completely understand. With the way most of us live our daily lives we all need an extreme, off the grid, disconnect with our realities to recharge and reprioritize. But, after two weeks you can find yourself going a bit stir crazy, especially if you’re someone like me. I’ve always been the type of person to thrive off of a high frequency environment and fast pace lifestyle. Working crazy hours, consistently planning my next move, traveling, creating, networking, doing anything to keep my brain stimulated. But after settling into the Treehouse Village and getting used to the ultimate island life routine I was caught off guard when I found myself extremely unmotivated and already thinking about my next move once I left the Dominican Republic. I started to become pissed with myself for wasting this unique experience that I wont ever get back with such a negative mindset. I recognized that although I am typically more inspired and motivated when I’m in a stimulating environment, I need to challenge myself to slow down and BE PRESENT. Soak in the days and take advantage of the short time I have away from the chaos we’re all so accustomed to. The chaos I’ve grown to crave. We live in a society where we’re always under pressure to not only always be in pursuit of the next best thing but to consistently strive to one up ourselves. Honestly, I fall into that pressure every second of everyday. Sadly, I feel like it causes me to occasionally lose sight of my genuine desires and keeps me from truly ever being satisfied.
I’ve now refocused my mind to fully engage with creating a positive connection with myself and begin my journey to authentic happiness and self-love. Be in the now, enjoy the simplest things in life, read books, write more, listen to podcasts, bike to the beach alone, and ultimately be okay with doing absolutely nothing sometimes.
“We spend the vast majority of our time moving at full speed ahead, both physically and mentally, and we literally bulldoze over the very answers we’re seeking because they can’t be heard above the din.” -Jen Sincero
No matter where you are in the world, at whatever stage in life you may be, don’t neglect to live in the present moment. If we’re constantly chasing the next adventure without emerging ourselves in the current one we will ultimately never know what genuine satisfaction feels like.