Before I discovered The Simple Idiot, I was pretty much lost. Lost in the hustle and bustle of life, trying to figure out how to carve out my place. As a Jack-Of-All-Trades but Master-Of-None I have always struggled sticking to any one thing, be it jobs, hobbies or passions in life. I’ve completed multiple school programs, held far too many jobs, started too many projects including a variety of blogs that I quickly lost interest in.
On a recent trip to Costa Rica, I accidentally stumbled across what I had been missing in all my failed attempts, my principle to wrap my life and business around, my guiding light, something to follow but allow adaptations at the same time… the Japanese principle of Wabi-Sabi.
Prior to Costa Rica I had seen a fair share of Canada, and a few of the Northern States but as a 29 year-old NOMAD-wannabe I’ve always craved more adventure. With my partner in crime (who also happens to be an expert in pushing me out of my comfort zone) by my side we hopped on my first international flight. Along with the wonderful culture shock, scenery obsession, food addiction and animal attachment I found relaxation, decompression and detachment from North American society. Unwinding in a porch hammock swinging over the rainforest having just finished my last vacation book, I thought I would take a walk down to the “library” and see if anything peeked my interest. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular but was drawn to a worn, what I thought was a home décor book hiding in the corner. Fifteen minutes later after running back and forth from the hammock to my “sleeping” boyfriend, Robyn Griggs Lawrence had introduced to me Wabi-Sabi…
Stay tuned for blog post #2: Wabi-Sabi = The Simple Idiot??