Most of the experts in happiness will tell you that it comes from within and this is something I’m beginning to understand and experience more and more. Many of my most challenging moments that would put others to tears have been my happiest. I realize that it is my outlook and attitude that decides whether I feel happiness or sadness under any circumstance. Life is a matter of perspective.
The Share My Way Home adventure! I flew to Panama City, Panama with just the clothes on my back and passport (no money, cellphone, or camera) and on the 4,000-mile, 7-country journey home I am filming a documentary about sharing with the friends I make along the way.
I am still in Panama City where I’m trying to make about $100 to keep me out of dangerous situations on the trek home through Central America. So far I’ve collected 470 cans, pawned things I’ve found on the streets and in garbage cans (electronics, bottle of rum, and cigarettes), was paid for an English conversation, unsuccessfully attempted tour sales, stopped in at a modeling agency, and have posted on dozens of forums. I’ve scrounged together $36 and I think I’m making about $1/ hour. In the city most of my food has come from eating rice and beans off trays at mall food courts and the rest from nice people buying me simple beans, rice, and plantains. The tap water here is clean so that has been a non-issue. I’m staying with some really nice people from Kalu Yala which has made this adventure so much easier.
I’m alive and WELL! Very well! It has been a fairly grueling adventure so far but I am at Kalu Yala, a sustainable community in the rainforest. I’ve met many helpful people and have had to use a lot of resourcefulness to get me here. I scrounged up food from trash bins at the airport and from westernized shopping malls on the streets in Panama. It was 23 miles here from the Panama City airport which I walked part way and took a bus, which a nice man gave me $1 to ride. Upon arriving here I slept for 14 hours in a bunk bed. With many episodes of vivid dreaming over the last 36 hours, the real world and my dream world have blurred together into this dreamlike paradise I am in now.
Much love to all, I’ll check in again in a few days.
This Wednesday, I fly one-way to Panama City with just the clothes on my back and passport, no money, no cellphone or camera, not even a toothbrush. From there I’ll “Share My Way Home” across 4,000 miles and 7 international borders using the sharing economy, resourcefulness, and a combination of social media and human interaction. I’m certain there will be some pretty rough moments but, because of my faith in humanity and the vast connectivity of our world, I think I’ll be just fine. I’m excited for an immersion in meaningful life away from my computer and cellphone, full of good people, and the simplicity of nature.