TRANSFORMATION IN PARADISE
A Story of the Adventures that led to my Awakenings
I had a resort on a tropical island… it was heavenly. Every morning as I watched the sun rise lazily over the Gulf of Thailand I was amazed to find myself at the center of so much beauty and the magic. How did a regular guy from New York wind up in this storybook life? It was a wild and wonderful ride that led me to this worldly paradise and from there onward to dreams untold. I will not burden you with the details of my previous circumstances other then to say that I went to excellent universities and received distinguished degrees which led me to a pretty “successful” life that was mostly empty. I left that all behind to seek adventure and fulfillment in a way of life that was far removed from my upbringing. It has been an incredible journey, and it has allowed me to experience the wild, wonderful and exotic places that exist both in the outside world and within my soul.
My first stop was the Mediterranean island of Ibiza which captured my heart and provided the freedom that allowed me to feel my true essence for first time. I wound up there by chance at the end of an extended European holiday, and was instantly captivated by the magic of this place. From the very first moment I felt a strange familiarity; as if I had finally landed in the one place on Earth where I truly belonged. No longer was I an alien in an alien world trying to make sense of a way of life that never felt right. Here was a place of freedom; a place where people like me were drawn together; a place where my heart could sing its song. I was hooked. I returned to America, took a long hard look at my situation, and asked myself this simple question: When I get to be fifty do I want to look back and say that it’s nice to have a Rolls Royce… or do I want to say that I had some adventure in my life? Once I was able to frame the situation that way the answer became all too clear. Within a few months I had wrapped up my affairs in the States and the journey of adventure had begun.