A tremor of fear went through me, sending a chill up my spine. For the first time in the whole trip, I thought I would be stranded in the island forever and never get back home. On my way back to the hotel, I bumped into the same guy I met on the cruise(I had been stranded in the island for 6 solid days, at some point I knew this would happen but of all the times, I had to bump into him when I was teary eyed and broken, why God why!). Seeing my panic stricken face, he calmly reassured me saying, “It’s okay. Not everything goes by the plan, especially when you travel so tell your heart to never lose hope, miracles do dwell in the invisible.” All I could manage doing was to smile back at him.
Lessons for life
Next morning, the scorching sun was piercing the heavy clouds and the rays hit my face reassuring and rebuilding the lost hope in me (By now, I had begged all weather Gods to be merciful on me). Finally I boarded the ship and when it started to leave, I saw the same guy standing in the dock waving and smiling at me. My happiness knew no bounds and curiosity grew leaps and bounds, I waved back at him as I shouted in the air asking for his name. I could see him respond, he was doing some animated actions, which was kind of cute, (that’s exactly why I missed to decipher his actions, damn) just that I couldn’t hear him say it as the ship started sailing away in the ocean. I came back home safe and sound with heap loads of memories and a story that would last in my memory for the rest of my life.
Travel gives us a delicious sense of disorientation that Alice-in-Wonderland feeling that even the smallest, most mundane details of life has been switched around. I think that’s what travel is all about. We’ll meet strangers who will inspire us just by being who they are and doing what they feel they are called to do. They will sometimes be the angels in disguise who will help us avoid trouble, ease away the inconvenience and reassure faith in us and then promptly disappear from our sight and our life.
To one of those strangers who inspired me, who reassured me, I will always #SwipeRightToTravel