Sunday, June 7, 2020

Lost in a Paradise

If there's one thing that this Pandemic has taught us, it is to embrace the stillness. To be present.

Life teaches us about what is essential versus what is luxury or leisure.

Life teaches us to embrace individual uniqueness and societal differences.

Life teaches us to be alone, to be lost, and to regain ourselves.

What would happen if you get stuck on an Island. How would you imagine living?

There are no available convenience stores, no cellular phone signals, no internet.

You only have basic survival needs and equipment; tents, hammocks, cooking utensils, and just enough food good for two days.

I dared! I trekked a muddy road less traveled back in 2015. And my destination was the Island Province of Guimaras in the Philippines.

In just two days, I enjoyed the serenity of the place away from the people. The water is clear, and I jumped off a cliff. That was a safe jump rather than a risky dive that I never dared. And I survived!

Now I'm living in the present. I am thinking about the time in our lives when we go on an adventure of a lifetime. There's no attachment to things and the people. And the absence of one of the most essential things today -- getting online and social media.

Today, during this time of Pandemic and social isolation, our connection to the online world is our most significant survival tool. We go online for news updates which sometimes can be toxic and causes sadness, loneliness, and grief.  If there's no internet and social media in the present time, how would we live a normal life?

The connection to the online world is our survival tool in the new best normal. For most of us, being offline is not being much alive, since nowadays everybody seems to go digital; going online to connect with coworkers, families, friends, and special love ones.

I learned to be detached; to be offline even for a short while. To go on social media detox. Truly, I have lived on that present moment; living in stillness. That adventure taught me a lesson about not just basic survival skills, but also to survive when the most essential thing is out of reach even for a while.

The next Pandemic may come in our time, and how do we prepare for the worst is an essential thing for survival.

To be stuck in an Island Paradise is just one learning experience that I have benefited from in the present times and in the next crisis to come.

And today, we can always learn to not just survive. But, just be alive.

© 2020 Del Cusay