So. What happens when you live it up in the jungle for 10 days? Well, your roommates will include gecko and ants, bats and wild cats, cows and scorpions, monkeys and fish. Your scent changes from fresh powdered soap to bug spray, sea salt and sun block, something you become extremely grateful for. Your hair goes from straight and sleek to wild, unruly and curly. Your skin is scraped, bruised and burnt. Your muscles ache more than you could ever imagine. And your nails? Well, forget the manicure or pedicure.
But there are no complaints here. All these things simply add to my love for jungle life, although I could live without the mosquitos. Working mornings, having afternoons off, it just makes you want to work harder. Working with people from all over the world who want to make a difference.. It's inspiring. We aren't just talking about doing things differently, we're taking action with one mud house at a time, one non-flush toilet at a time, one compost pit at a time, you name it.
Being on Koh Lanta has simply added to my curiosity. Living in a communal home (Asalanta) has added to what I already know about communal life. To me, this is much better than having a house, living next to neighbors I barely know, or paying a mortgage. The fun thing about this, if you choose to live this way, is that you are never rich, but you never have to worry about money (to quote a friend). No one taught me about this lifestyle growing up in North America which is a very privileged yet indebted society. No one told me it's not always about having health care and insurance (although I understand these are necessities for many people), cars and luxury.
I'm not convincing myself to do this or take this leap. I'm just saying, there are many lifestyles out there and until I've experienced a few different kinds, why limit myself?
I'd rather wear a ripped skirt and swing through vines, climb trees, hike the rain forest, and be the Jane of any island. I'm only 24. I can do the whole 8 to 5 thing later. I'm a millennial aren't I? Time to flap my wings before they get clipped (if they ever do).