About a month ago, I set off on my first solo trip to Nicaragua principally to work on my surf photography. It was a full ten days of getting in the water with my camera and trying different lighting techniques and composition.
An endless but passionate battle of swimming, focusing on getting the right shot and dealing with the waves and surfers coming at you. By far one of the best workouts I have ever done, and well I can now say I am a multitask-er in training.
Spending the winter months back home shooting some cold water surf was fun, but it can get pretty intense. The cold freezes you up to the bones and all you want to do is escape and experience the feeling of being too hot again.
I needed a break, I wanted to wear a bikini again and feel the salt water on my skin without the thick neoprene suit.
Nicaragua is a beautiful country, the second poorest country in South America, but by far the richest country when it comes to happiness. When traveling to poorer countries, you realize how money is not important. It reaaaally isn't.
I mean, we hear about it all the time from multiple people ''Money isn't happiness'' etc. But you don't truly understand it until you actually witness it. And then you come back home and everyone is in fast motion, stressful lives, materialistic and well in other words: chaos.
Living in one of the wealthiest countries in the world but somehow we manage to feel worthless and unhappy.
Traveling is so important, it's one of the things I recommend to everyone. It's the best medicine out there, and it will help shape our future. Learning how others live without money dependencies and understanding that experiences are so much more rewarding than things.
'' Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world... You... ''
Remember the song Imagine from John Lennon?
I think it's time we all take a moment and re listen to the song and the lyrics.
Imagine that money did not exist, that we all decided to live together as one big happy family. Yet society has brainwashed us with the power of money.
Sadly this will be an endless battle, but we, the younger generation have the power to change. And even if it's changing a little bit, it's a start. Because when we all pitch in and give our part, that small gesture becomes bigger and stronger.
So there I am, my last night in Nicaragua. Floating in the water with my two friends enjoying the sunset. The sky is pink, the swell wasn't too big, but who cares.
I am next to Coco as she laughs and hangs from her surfboard dipping her body in the warm Pacific Ocean.
The small subtitle realization that moments are more important than things.