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Cabarete – After the storm [LTJ]

It’s been four days since Hurricane Irma paid us a visit here in the Dominican Republic. This mighty storm was a record-breaker, and at this moment continues to cause damage in the United States.

Here in Cabarete, things were looking pretty hopeless in the days leading up to Irma’s landfall. This Category 5 monster had been wreaking havoc across the Caribbean, and we were next.

It’s hard to describe the anxiety and fear that standing in the path of this storm brings. Even with reassurances from the locals that the geography here protects the North Coast from major storms, I was scared.

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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.

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A much-needed reality check [LTJ]

You know that sensation when something shocks your perception? Like a little skip in cognition. When your mind takes a moment to catch up to what’s happening, because simply comprehending the reality of it is difficult.

“¿Cómo lo hago?” / “How do I get it out?”

That’s what the boy said, after he saw the photo we took of him and his friend. I paused for a moment, trying to understand the question.

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Lessons in love [LTJ]

I used to think I knew everything there was to know about love. That I had it all figured out. Because I was so clever, I’d even managed to find my life partner in my late teens. Lucky me!

To put it simply, I was wrong. I had a juvenile view of what love meant, formed by an odd blend of Disney movies and drama-fueled romantic comedies.

What these movies don’t teach you is reality.

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The best ships are friendships [LTJ]

This one will be short and sweet. It’s really about honouring friendships. Acknowledging the value of each and every person that I’ve encountered in my life, and the moments that we’ve shared together.

We can live the greatest lives imaginable and have the most exceptional experiences, but without being able to share these moments with others…  they lose some of their lustre.