Aruba in Detail

3 12 2011

The past ten days were a complete whirlwind with visits to both of our families, my buckling down and getting glasses for the first time (only for driving!), an international trip to our first ever high-end resort and the starts of some and ends of other strange yet beautiful friendships.

Aruba was filled with warm weather, adventures and intense conversations.  A four day retreat with my parents, we shared our life perspectives and temporarily butted heads over the significance of the words ‘ambition’ and ‘Jewish’ in our lives.  (Growing up, calling someone ambitious was high praise.  In my current lifestyle, however, ‘ambition’ almost feels like a dirty word and connotes the rat race.)

The Conversations Begin...

The Conversations Begin...

The Four Of Us At the Beach

The Four Of Us At the Beach

It was a good opportunity to reconnect and establish common ground.  The conversations induced angsty feelings that I should be out in the world affecting big changes, but I recalled conversations earlier in the week with Yair’s parents and my good friend January who counseled me to just be in the world, keep traveling, keep growing and to be open to opportunities that the universe presents.  I resolved to keep surrounding myself with active, interesting and inspiring people, to keep my ears and eyes open for opportunities that life brings me, and to see what causes I connect with naturally – but not to try and force something just for the sake of it.

After some cathartic cries, conversations, snuggles and resolutions, we relaxed into our final two days in Aruba with diving, walks on the beach, massages and parasailing.

Enjoying the View Atop Yair

Enjoying the View Atop Yair

Bonding Time with Mom

Bonding Time with Mom

Goofing Around With Dad

Goofing Around With Dad

All in all, a wonderful week.

posted by ayo

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4 12 2011
Cherie @Technomadia

“The conversations induced angsty feelings that I should be out in the world affecting big changes, but I recalled conversations earlier in the week with Yair’s parents and my good friend January who counseled me to just be in the world, keep traveling, keep growing and to be open to opportunities that the universe presents.”

Whether you’re able to fully realize it while doing it, you ARE affecting huge changes in the world by being you. You’ll probably never know just how much you are impacting people’s lives and affecting change in them.

It’s hard to see sometimes when compared to friends in our lives who are meeting milestones of society’s standard measurements (wealth, property, job promotions, etc).

Keep rocking it 🙂

5 12 2011
ayo

Thanks, Cherie! Your encouragement means a lot. But sometimes it’s not just that I feel that I should be doing something, but that I want to be. For example, today I had an entire day free and wanted to do something giving and meaningful but it takes so much leg work to find organized volunteer opportunities or to create one. As we move around, I find that this is my biggest challenge and creates a lot of re-work. I want to be part of some good-doing project that I can tap into on a remote basis and with a flexible schedule. Got any more wisdom for me?

6 12 2011
Cherie @Technomadia

Have you talked with other full time travelers who are integrating in volunteering? Here’s a couple that might be worth reaching out to for ideas:

http://servicedriven.org/

9 12 2011
ayo

No, I actually haven’t spoken with other full-time volunteering travelers. Truthfully, it wasn’t on my radar screen. How silly! I’m going to check out Sharon’s blog and she just linked to someone named Becky who might have some good ideas too. Thanks for the pointers!

4 12 2011
frugalveganmom

What the first commenter said – keep rocking it! Do what makes you happy. Families won’t always understand – mine keeps pressuring me to get back into engineering, even though I hated doing the degree and hated the job and have been out of the field for like four years! It’s like a status thing for THEM, to say “oh my daughter’s an engineer”…. but they can’t anymore, guess they’ll have to learn to live with it!

5 12 2011
ayo

I hear you. Every parents has high hopes for a child. After all, they spend a lot of time dreaming big dreams and investing in you as you grow up. But I’m sure they’re delighted to be grandparents and just want to see you happy deep down inside.

In my case, I independently want to be doing more to help people but I’m just not sure what project if any to create to do that right now and continually seeking out volunteer opportunities is such a time-consuming process. Hey, I can’t complain because our life is pretty great. But this would be my one wishlist item to fix.

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