Yesterday I realized something important. The purpose of life (at least from my perspective at this moment in time) is to interact with the world. We have been given the gift of consciousness (among other amazing capabilities) and that has enhanced our connection to the environment; including all the people, plants, animals and places on Earth.
Yesterday my wonderful (and gorgeous, might I add) girlfriend, Helena took us out for my birthday on an excursion I will never forget. It started predawn, when we began the trek to Downtown Long Beach, where the Catalina Express would be taking us to Catalina Island. Our ship would sail out at 8:30 AM, and the Long Beach Marathon was taking place so we had to get an early start; giving us plenty of time on the island before our 7:30 PM return voyage.
The Island itself was gorgeous, despite the overcast weather, and I found it hard to believe that I was a mere hour’s boat ride away from the hustle and bustle of busy Southern California while I was pedal-boating through Avalon harbor, or eating freshly prepared Ceviche with Mexican dockworkers on the pier. Later, when I was standing atop the platform at Hog’s Back Gate, 500 ft. above sea level, about to descend on the first of five legs on the Catalina Zipline Eco Tour through the Descanso Canyon, I felt lucky to be so close to nature with someone so special to me, and happy that we were both taking “the leap of faith” together for the first time!
Sixteen hours and hundreds of dollars later, we made it home safely from our mini-vacation in paradise, at which point Helena asked me: “So, what did you realize today?” The question caught me by surprise, not because I wasn’t ready to answer the question, but because I had realized something very important and it wasn’t until that moment that I gave it a conscious thought. I am very happy when I get to spend time with my loved ones, because everyone has so many committments occupying their time. It is sometimes hard to find a moment where you may both relax and enjoy each others presence. For example, Helena holds two part-time jobs, works as a model AND goes to school, so as her mother once said to me, “shes either at work, at school, or taking a nap!” It makes the time you spend together that much more special.
Then I realized how easily Helena and I (mostly her, thanks for the awesome birthday present!) had parted with our wages to be able to experience such a great day together. From our waterfront breakfast, to our candle-lit Italian dinner overlooking the harbor and everything in between, it seemed as if price was no object.
So to me, and many others, that is what life is about: surrounding yourself with special people, in beautiful locations, doing memorable/fun/exciting things.
Unfortunately, those things don’t always come free (or even cheap), so we must produce value for our environment to be able to earn the ability to enjoy Earth’s playground. For that: performing countless hours of productive activities (read: hard work) is a price that I will always be willing to pay!
What did you realize today?