Baywatch – Tokashiki Style 2021.12.10
I had one of those life-altering experiences where you questioned who you were, how you had become the person you were at that moment and you started looking for some more answers from yourself and life because it could not be possible that this downfall could just happen. There were infinite possibilities, reasons, actions, causes and effects in play. They always say when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. It so happened that I did not have a conventional teacher but found my way to some interesting conclusions and revelations, much by chance and coincidence, through books and discourses with like-minded people.
Anyway, I reflected on some of the choices I had made, analysed why I had made those choices, scrutinsed the way I lived my life at the time and weighed the results of changing those lifestyle decisions against continuing to live the same way in a continuous loop. The outcome was the realisation that life is short, experience as much as you can, see each challenge as an opportunity, do not waste time sweating the small stuff and like Nike’s slogan reads, “Just do it.” Of course, use common sense and logic and do not rush in to stupid situations as an act of spontaneity.
As I walked along the narrow paths winding through the marine village in search of sustenance with my housemate, I was not so wise at that point. We found a large airy restaurant with a range of dishes and happy to get out of the scorching heat beating down on our uncovered heads we went in and cooled down in the air conditioned room while we perused the menu. I settled for basic curry and rice while my housemate had some ramen. The hot food in the hot weather did little to temper our internal temperatures so we sat around for a while, digesting, sipping cold water, chatting and just chilling as a vacation day should be. We did not envision how much fun the next few hours would be.
When we got back to the beach, most of our party had already run into the cool, turquoise waters and we were more than motivated to join them. We all had to wear a compulsory life jacket and throughout our time swimming and ‘seahorsing’ around, the lifeguards heavily patrolled the beach and called out anyone who was not wearing a jacket. It was serious business. Like something straight out of the popular nineties TV series, Baywatch.
I'm like a chihuahua. Small but fierce and full of energy. I'm generally a positive person and try to make the best of each day.