“A birthday is just the first day of another 365 journey around the sun.” And so our road trip continues as I celebrate my birthday and give thanks for all the blessings in my life, big and small.
We’re currently on the Ningaloo/Coral Coastline of West Australia where you’ll find some of Australia’s greatest marine life. Here you have the unique opportunity to swim with whale sharks, enormous but harmless creatures that grow up to 18 metres long. You can swim with manta rays, on eco snorkel tours and cruise the waters, submersing yourself in the magical, underwater world of the Ningaloo Reef.
We didn’t swim with whale sharks, or scuba dive the underwater reefs from a cruise boat. But that’s okay, because, as I discovered, the joys don’t have to come in big ways. In fact it’s often in tiny synchronistic moments that open the heart and make us appreciate how full of wonder life is. I’ll give you some examples:
Ways the Universe is always listening, and responding
A week or so ago, the other half said to me “We’ve met lots of great people on this trip but it’s been a while since we’ve actually had drinks with anybody.”
Of course, straight after he said that, it happened, right on 14 Mile beach, on the first day of our Coral Coast leg of our road trip. We’ve settled in, swam and enjoyed our absolute beachfront camping when we meet our friendly caravanning neighbours who invite us over for drinks.
So that night after dinner we join them by the campfire, Matt, Pauline, their friends Louie and Shawna and Donkey the dog. Matt and Pauline and their kids are in the first week of their year long trip around Australia.
We drink spiced chai tea and enjoy hours of laughs and conversation before retiring to our respective vans.
The following day we say our goodbyes and vow to return to this paradise, or at least somewhere on this coastline. From 14 Mile we travel onwards, towards Yardie Creek Homestead Caravan Park where we have a booking for the next week.
Here we’re close to pristine beaches and awesome snorkel spots. we’ve checked out eco tours and whale watching tours but decide it’s out of our budget. Still, we figure we’ll snorkel at some stage.
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” Albert Einstein
Yardie Creek is a great base to explore the area. On a day trip out to Yardie Creek Gorge we’re walking along the gorge rim, looking down into the water. A couple is canoeing and both the hubby and I say to each other, “how awesome would it be to kayak down there!”
The next day, back at camp, I meet fellow traveller Sue at the laundry (blokes bond over cars, women over washing!) We talk for ages, end up meeting both her and hubby Steve for pizza that night, we have drinks another night and forge a friendship. On the third day they offer us their kayak for the day. And, you guessed it, we end up canoeing down Yardie Creek Gorge!
The next day we talk about how great it would be to snorkel. We find out the best place is Oyster Stacks. When we mention that to Sue she says they’re going out and invite us to go with them. So we hire all the gear and off we head, early in the morning at high tide, as that’s the only time you can snorkel this section of the reef.
We float over schools of huge fish, brightly coloured parrot fish, purple coral and an underwater world that’s mesmerising. Sue took these underwater shots of us, the fish and the reef.
We may not have dived with whale sharks but I was enchanted nonetheless!
The night before my birthday our new camping friends come over for drinks. I’d vaguely mentioned it was my birthday, however I didn’t expect her to come over with a chocolate mud cake, a scented candle, a bottle of Prosecco and a bunch of West Australian wildflowers she’d picked just beyond our caravan park.
I’ve been awe struck at these prolific wildflowers along the way and here they were, hand picked, gorgeously bound together and presented to me in a birthday bouquet. Wow!
Our thoughts are so powerful. I’m constantly reminded, and often in unexpected ways, how what we focus on can become so real. And it works the other way too. John Assaraf says “Most people are thinking about what they don’t want, and wondering why it shows up over and over again”. We’ve been conditioned to focus on what we don’t want, to resist change instead of being a deliberate creator. When you understand that, everything shifts.
Try it. It’s empowering. Imagine what could happen if we all did that collectively.
As for those whale sharks, these majestic creatures of the ocean, we saw them breaching in the distance. They’re epic moments, even from afar, and for me that’s good enough.
As our time at Yardie Creek slowly comes to an end I reflect on the week that’s been, all those synchronistic moments and I’m thankful for it all. My birthday will pass, the days will roll on, both extraordinary and ordinary, but I remind myself it’s all in the perception. And I’m thankful for each and every part of the journey.
So today, with my heart full of love and gratitude, I send that out to you, wherever you might be. And my wish is that we all find the beauty, the wonder and the joys in those simple moments.
In love and light.