When it comes to living on an island, lately, my feelings are on the opposite ends of the spectrum.
I miss the convenience of living in a city. A city, full of restaurants, coffee shops, stores, supermarkets, bookstores, movie theaters, etc.
Finding things easily whenever you want is something that I took for granted when I was living in a city.
Living on a small island, on the other hand, is much different than living in a city. You do not have access to things that you are used to having whenever you want. Simple things like mushrooms, brown sugar, printed newspaper, and the option to choose from the newest movies, are not easily available. If you need mushrooms or brown sugar you may have to take a boat and travel 30 minutes to the bigger island. If you want to see a new movie you do not have a choice but to get it from the guy, who is selling bootleg movies at the corner of the street. And, if only, he has that movie, on hand.
But then you go outside. This amazing nature is waiting for you. In its own way, it is so raw and untouched that there is a weird innocence about it.
You realize you are a part of something that is so much bigger than you.
When I lived in a city, in a way, my brain was numb. Numb from all the sounds, colors, traffic, people, and stress of the city. I did not have time to think. I was just trying to stay afloat.
Just trying to fit in and be.
Island life is the total opposite. You have ocean, quietness, nature, sand, sunset, stars, the moon and YOU. You and your thoughts… Being alone in an environment like that makes you think.
The loudest noises are the sound of the waves and the sound of the wind.
I think the best way to describe how I feel is these two words that I came up with: “Soul Fasting”.
Living on an island gives you this amazing perspective in life. You learn to do things in a different way. You learn to want things you can have and try to forget about things that you cannot have.
This “soul fasting” had really helped me clear my mind. I feel calmer and creative. This environment allows you to stop and think. Think about what is it that you want and what is important to you. Set goals and enjoy taking baby steps to reach to your target with no one chasing you.
Either way, aren’t we all supposed to learn to be happy with what we have?
At the end of the day I am 100% sure of one thing. I am very lucky to be where I am at this stage of my life.