Cruises are just so luxurious. You witness some of the most beautiful sights in the world, and sail overlooking vast, gorgeous ocean and wildlife.. The land is just so brimming and untamed. 24/7 ice cream, pizza, and four course meals are available, along with endless amounts of entertainment. I can't help but feel utterly thankful for my parents, who offered me the opportunity to be spoiled for two weeks-for free.
There are many things to do to pass the time on this boat, but I personally get lost in contentment just sitting in the hot tub on the back of the ship, staring out into the ocean. Seeing wave after wave and hearing the sound of sea affords me a constant reminder to live in the present, to appreciate the insane beauty this world has to offer, and to remain joyful - stubbornly joyful.
For me, the smile on my mom's face makes this whole trip worth it. More than ever before I've noticed the fullness of her laugh, the hilarity of her jokes, the humility in her heart, and the depth of gladness she brings to a room every time she enters. I find myself just noticing, and being touched so deeply.
I'll just give you a rundown of each day, stream of conciousness style (forget capitalization rules here):
Day One. hot tub and movies under the stars in 40 degree weather...on a boat. scurrying from the heat of the pool, changing in the public foyer with only towels to block our secrets only to realize our butts are facing glass elevators. frantic changing ensues as the elevator counts down to our floor. don't worry. we made it on time. and we laughed until we cried.
Day Two. sunrises and silhouettes. all you can eat steak and shrimp. dance parties and black eyed peas. Sisters dance wild and free, do the wobble, and laugh well and full. Ordering shepards pie, soon to discover it was kidney pie instead. gross, but oh well. formal night and Marilyn Monroe dresses. full moon shimmering bright over black ocean.
Day Three. 6am wake-up call. ALASKA!! Pink and purple, yellow and orange stripped skies and the Alaskan bald eagle greets us out the balcony door. sea planes and ziplining. apparently, my spirit animal is a gazelle. bears and sea lions catching fresh salmon right in front of my eyes in the wild, WHALES and spouting. we sail away. onward and upward.
I leave you with this excerpt from Into The Wild:
You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.
My point is that you do not need me or anyone else around to bring this new kind of light in your life. It is simply waiting out there for you to grasp it, and all you have to do is reach for it. The only person you are fighting is yourself and your stubbornness to engage in new circumstances.”
― Jon Krakauer,
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