My dream was to strap a suitcase on a motorcycle and take off without a forwarding address.
But I was only nine years old.
I’d have to wait a few years.
Fast forward 40 years and I’m traveling through South America solo by land.
I saw Machu Picchu, cloud forests in Ecuador, taught English in Colombia, tangoed in Buenos Aires, fell in love with Bolivia and bought my first bikini in Brazil.
I came back younger.
I stopped drinking and smoking on the 6-month journey. It dulled my spirit and made me unaware. south america is not a continent to be unaware on.
Healthy became an atitiude.
But it didn’t hit me until I was in Thailand after a near fatal motorbike crash in Chiang Mai, where the most head injuries from motorbikes occur. I did not get one. The car missed me but I did hit asphalt hard.
I had been in Asia for 18 months, traveling in India, Nepal, Myanmar, Cambodia and Thailand
A vision floated up from my heart.
What have you always wanted to do?
Live in Hawaii.
I would eat fruit non-stop and breathe clean air every day!
I was tired of coughing in polluted air in Chiang Mai.
Being immersed in the ocean on volcanic rock was the perfect solution.
I would swim every day and eat fresh mangoes. I’d always be in shape. I would be able to cross the street without getting killed.
That’s a healthy decision right there.
Once you breathe the air in Hawaii you’re never the same again. It’s pure. I don’t cough here.
The trade winds blow any badness away.
But back to being younger.
This is what healthy means to me: growing in to a better version of yourself.
Yes I’m almost 60 but I don’t believe it. I feel younger than I did when I was 25. I certainly eat better and am flexible from practicing yoga for 25 years.
What my work has evovled into is, helping you have a more fun, healthy and creative life. When I discovered I had become a CEO of fun in my own life, I wanted to share it with the world.
Many people say, “I want to change my life.”
You can help people do this by doing it yourself first. Get your own oxygen mask on before you help your loved ones.
Playing is an overlooked feature of adult life. But playing is where all the good stuff happens.
Suddenly while you are playing an insight comes or a truth is revealed, the phone rings but it didn’t when you were staring at it.
You can learn how to live life more deeply by playing.
Have you noticed that all the well known spiritual leaders of the world always have a sense of humor that wraps you in the arms of laughter?
The Dalai Lama floats when he walks. I’ve seen him do it. How does he do it?
He is light hearted and loves everyone.
So the better I can be at laughing and learning, the more healthy I’ll be.
You can have more fun now in your 40’s and 50’s than you did when you were 25.
That puts a smile on my face. I thought I knew everything back then.
Now I know that I don’t know everything but I do know how to have fun and inspire people into their bliss.
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Mary Bartnikowski is an author, award-winning photographer, educator, and mother. Get inspiration and practical advice in her books on Amazon.