One gift in living in a country outside of your own is the abundant opportunity for inspiration from new experiences.
Over the summer months I had taken an unintended hiatus from writing. Paralysis by analysis lurks in many of our closets— especially for writers. My only antidote for the dreaded writer’s block was to get out of the waiting room and get inspired through exploration. With my paper map in tow, it came to be that one morning venture did everything it was supposed to do.
I skimmed the map along the east coast of Grenada. Requin Bay in the parish of St. David became my randomly sought out destination, to no rhyme or reason beyond my attempt to eventually reach every beach and cove out of the 45-plus in Grenada.
The journey to Requin commenced, however as an off-the-beaten path would have it, the neighboring La Tante Bay was the one destined to reach instead. La Tante Bay is a mile from the main road and makes for a quaint drive through the village and lush of countryside. It was quite a rustic and secluded bay. A cow and her precious young were the only occupants (or if one wants to include the brown sargassum seaweed that had run rampant throughout the Caribbean this year).
After vibing in La Tante, a brief stop to nearby Galby Bay was had. I frequented this bay before and knew I had to return for the view alone. The bay is a hidden treasure to the average visitor to Grenada, as it holds what I believe is one of the most uniquely formed peninsulas on the island.
By the end of the morning venture, it was no matter that I could not find Requin Bay. Instead, I was reminded how to let a moment happen and move forward despite some self-assigned outcome.
Sometimes the relentless focus in achieving exactly what we seek, causes us to dismiss the rest of our life. Those everyday moments. It’s the ordinary moments that can transform into the extraordinary when paying close attention. Life can be much more in living the questions and not just the outcomes.
Beautifully raw and untouched nature can always lend deep inspiration. However the positive affirmations found along the way served as another welcomed reminder. This one gem rests on a wall in La Tante, St. David.
Such a real reminder.
Such a soul travel.
– UYC Contributor Carly King-Rushdan