It was a great sight, it really was. Naked people tend to be truly fascinating. Somewhat difficult to take your eyes off somehow. I mean the ones that show up literally on your doorstep with no clothes on are just…such nice surprises, don’t you think? Like Christmas…with a naughty twist…
I’m sitting next to the Thames, on a park bench, in the dark, writing. The lights are shining beautifully on Westminster and couples on other benches are curled up, talking to one another. I am waiting for a friend to meet me across the bridge at Gordon’s – the coziest wine bar I have ever seen. I just finished a salsa class and I have spent all day meeting people for coffees. It’s beautiful isn’t it? That people actually show up to see you. That they care so much to enjoy your company that they go out of their way to meet you. Sometimes to help you, other times to get helped by you, but often just to listen to your words, see your smile and get a hug.
The wind is playing gently with my hair, couples are walking by, giggling. A group of tourists is taking photos of Big Ben. The fall is slowly moving in. There’s beauty everywhere. In New York, London, LA, Paris…the Swedish countryside. All the places I love. There’s also beauty in all the things I do that I love. Like dancing – letting my body move with the music. Allowing someone else to twirl me around and being allowed by them to dance with them.
Wherever I am there will be beauty and there will be dancing. There will be lovely people to meet, to share moments with, to laugh and cry with…to hold each others’ hands in the dance of life. There’s love everywhere and when you open your eyes to it, your life will be so magical. None of us will be spared of the pain of childbirth or the pain of heartache, no one will go through life not losing something or someone. Life is transitory. When you have love though; when you are surrounded by people that amaze you with their beauty and warm you with their hearts, when you give love to others and when you do what you love doing, then you are leading an astonishing life.
Wherever I am there are people I cannot be with at that instant in time. I cannot hug them in physical form, but I will bring them with me in my heart as the treasure that they are, as the joy and light that they have brought me and continue to bring. What is so incredible is that even though my heart is filled with love, it can never be filled up with people – there’s always space for more. For more meetings, more friends, more laughter, more hugs and cuddles.
We may all live separate lives, but we all share this life also. This experience is ours, not alone, but together. We are in each other’s lives.
One of the things this summer taught me is that to open your heart and listen, really experience a person with all your senses, is the best gift you can offer. To see them, feel them and hear them as they are, in all their nakedness. To acknowledge the journey they are on. And when they do the same for you; when they let you into their heart for real – when they see you standing naked in front of them…you are blessed. You are blessed to be seen, to be felt, experienced. You live experiencing things, but to be experienced by another person…that is also an experience and it’s a very beautiful one. Very beautiful.
If there is someone out there whom you love, tell them. If there is someone you have not forgiven, forgive them. If there is someone you would like to get to know, ask them. If there is someone who makes your heart tremble, smile at them. Show them your naked heart. You don’t have to do much more. You just have to show up.
To all the people that have made this summer such an incredible experience, from the people I worked with, to the people I spent hours talking to, to the people that just showed up once or twice – I salute you. Thank you so much for making my experience on this planet that much more amazing.
And to all the people out there whom I will never meet, or whom I am yet to meet – know that every smile you give, every hug you share, every hand you hold is an incredible gift. It truly does make life worth living.
Thank you. Namaste. Merci. Tack så mycket!
“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flames by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” Albert Schweitzer
Ok, so I love Robbie, mmmmm…but maybe this song is a tad cheezy…yet very, very true.