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Finding my way in Brazil // TRAVEL STORY

This year has been a wild ride. From starting the year out in Cape Town, South Africa to writing this blog from Viana do Castelo, Portugal… it feels like I haven’t stopped moving.

It hasn’t all gone to plan. Being off the water for nearly 6 months meant a lot of canceled flights and kitesurfing events. I found myself sitting in Dubai lost, frustrated and wondering why I was there and where I was going next.

When all your plans break down, it’s like standing in front of an empty whiteboard with a marker in your hand.

And then Bowen Dwelle walked up and wrote Brazil on it.

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Time to get real [LTJ]

I broke my leg 12 days ago.

It hasn’t been a bad experience, really. I feel like I lucked out at every turn imaginable, except for the part where I broke my leg.

Every photo you’ve seen of me with a broken leg has been with a smile on my face. Because for the most part, I have had a smile on my face. I’m a happy person. I’m basically a professional at putting a positive spin on any situation, however difficult it is.

But I wanted to be real with you.

When I hit the water, I knew I’d fucked up. Badly.

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Home is where ______ is [LTJ]

Home is… a great big cloud of uncertainty. A concept I could mull over endlessly. And a topic I’ve written about in the past.

Here’s what I landed on a few months ago:

It’s when you finally feel at peace. When you’re so connected to your environment and your surroundings and the people in it, that you can take a deep breath of fresh, clean air, close your eyes, and smile. It’s when you are the truest version of yourself in a place of safety and love and calm.

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The line between dream and reality [LTJ]

I am in a dream.

If I’m caught up in thoughts of dragons and fantasy and questioning the nature of my reality… well, you can thank HBO for that. Westworld and Game of Thrones have reminded me of some of the more impactful lessons I’ve learned this past several years.

I used to live in my dreams.

When I was a child, I wasn’t very happy. Like most children, I had to live the life that my parents created for me. And while that upbringing and those lessons have left me in a place today that is undeniably great… it wasn’t my choice, so I didn’t like it. Typical!

So I created a world I did like.