You know, I never really stop and appreciate the art work that I see around the place. Over here in Canggu, Bali, there are tons of huge murals & edgy designs. Sometimes they’re funny & witty. Other times they’re a little crude. Mostly they’re stunning.
I ride past this one pretty much everyday and for some reason today, it just caught my eye. I had to stop & take a photo close up. The colours were so dense & popped out of the wall. I wondered why it had never caught my attention like this before.
I feel like the same thing happens in life. We go through our days, repeat the same steps, the same routines & while it might be pretty to look at, we’re usually too focused on where we’re headed to stop & appreciate it.
While I’m not your typical “stop & smell the roses” guy, I’ve found myself struggling to prioritise things lately. I’m focusing more on things that don’t matter while things that matter don’t get my focus. It’s not super out of control, but I’m starting to feel a trend.
So, yesterday, I took a moment to stop & reflect on my life right now. What are my routines & where can I find a greater sense of fulfilment & joy in them. I came up with one area that led me to the mural you see in the photo.
I ride on my 🏍 to training at training every day. I checked the map & it was only a 17min walk from home. It was a routine that I’d been doing repetitively for months now, it was just “what I did”. So, I left the bike at home & decided to walk to training from now on.
Along the walk, I got a podcast episode in, I met a cute little woofer that followed me for a bit & I saw this mural in a way I hadn’t before. I had the time to reflect, appreciate & think, all just by simply walking instead of riding the bike.
👉 Let me know in the comments if you’re a fan of walks. 🚶♂️
Does it help you think & give you space or does it stress you out the you could be working or “doing something productive”?
What you’re looking at here is the crater of a volcano. Santorini is the rim of the volcano with the crater submerged under the ocean. It’s not active at the moment. When it went off last time (3.5 thousand years ago), it was the largest eruption in the last 10000 years! It could be heard across the ocean in some Eastern European countries. The cloud of ash turned the sky black for week! The tidal wave it caused wiped out Cyprus. In one sweep, it destroyed and entire ancient civilisation. Crazy how Mother Nature works... Now we’re left with beautiful cliffside views & peaceful shallow oceans like this one..