Finding Nemo backwards is Omen

Trip Start Feb 28, 2011
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Nomads Cairns Beach House

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Cairns is a great beach town in Northeast Australia. I wasn't sure what to expect but it was perfect. After I landed, I headed to a hostel that I booked for thirty-five dollars a night. The hostel is located across the street from the beach and right in the middle of Cairns. I had not stayed in many hostels to this point but I figured I should for a few days. I walked into the room and opened the door and it had four walls, a twin bed and an air conditioner. There was nothing else, no TV, no dresser, no end table, no towels, no hangers, nothing. It was four walls smaller than the size of a prison cell but I can honestly say that I was thankful. It may seem like a small insignificant moment but I think it is one that I will remember the rest of my life.

After I put my bags down I headed out and across the street is a great park called City Centre that has a man made lagoon pool. It was Sunday so everyone was out on the grass sun bathing and hanging out in the water. The lagoon has a beach entrance which turns into a regular pool. The pool is about five feet from the ocean with a walkway dividing them. There was a live band playing all day and it was a perfect place to be. I spent that night walking around the city and booked a scuba trip to the Great Barrier Reef for the next morning.

I walked to the docks at about 8am and signed in for the scuba trip. The boat was small and had about thirty people on it. Everyone on the boat was great and I met other travelers from all over the world. There were people from Brazil, France, Canada and everywhere in between. All of them had great stories. We headed out a few hours to the reef and they gave us a scuba lesson as we got closer. Once I got under the water there is no way I can even attempt to describe the fish I saw. There were thousands of the most amazing colors and patterns I had ever seen. It would be impossible for a computer or a human created color pallet to ever be able to capture these colors. Looking out at the fish was the first time I ever felt like all things are truly possible. Seeing thousands of fish swim in unison with the most indescribable colors was inspiring. I spent a few hours under the water and was able to hold a sea cucumber at one point. The visibility was perfect it was as if weren’t underwater; you could see for over 100 feet.

Underneath the water I found Nemo and actually have a picture with him. However, the reef and Cairns have been so much more than just Nemo. Nemo spelled backwards is omen and mixed together with all the other omens I have received lately; life has lead me to this point. I was fifty feet underwater sitting on the bottom of the ocean floor with my hands dug into the sand looking up at the Great Barrier Reef while the sun was shinning down on it and fish everywhere. I don't know if it gets much better than that. Everyday at some point, something happens which is another omen or sign that I made the right decision to leave everything and take this journey. An omen speaks directly and only to you it is something you don't have to think about to understand its significance no matter how big or small the omen seems. One thing I do know is that since I decided to truly following my passion these omens happen to show up more frequently and with less effort than ever before. I have never had to decode them because there is an unwritten understanding that happens somewhere along the way.

On my way to Bali there was a lay over in Darwin, a city at the northern tip of Australia. While I was waiting a cute little Filipino girl sat down next to me to charge her iPod. She must have been around twelve or thirteen years old. I asked her a few questions about where she was from and what she was doing on vacation. I got mostly one-word answers as she sunk into some games on her iPod and totally disinterested in anything I had to say. I even offered her some M&M’s that I was eating and she said "No, thank you". The airport speakers announced for everyone on the flight to Manila to board, as she got her things and I watched her and her family get in line. I felt like I had missed a chance to make a connection with someone.  Then as she handed in her boarding pass and started walking down the ramp towards her plane she turned around about forty feet away from me and gave me a huge smile and the biggest wave I have ever seen like we were best friends. It made my day and was inspiring. So many little things like that have happened along the way that I can't even explain.  What an omen.

"The minute you settle for less than you deserve you get even less than you settled for"-Maureen Dowd
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