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Thursday Thoughts: Week 29 & 30 – Cruising

Cruising

I missed last week’s Thursday Thoughts and I’m commending it on cruising. Since we’ve been on this cruise ship I don’t even bother to remember what day it is. This must be what living in the moment is all about. 🙂

Just Cruising

We’ve been on this cruise ship for almost one full month and we’re gonna be on it for 1.5 months! I feel like a guest that needs to contribute and so I’ve told our stateroom attendant that I will make my own bed. Hopefully that helps out a bit??

They say that doing something for 21 days straight eventually makes it a habit and becomes 2nd nature. Does that mean I’ll need several mai tais and pina coladas every day after we’re off the ship???

We’re definitely spoiled on a cruise ship. On the other hand, we learn a lot about the crew; whether they have a family, what they do in their spare time, how many hours they work in a day and how tatted up they are under their uniform! 

Hearing a part of their story makes me feel so lucky for what I have. They are away from their families for most of the year; an average of 8 months straight! After their contract ends, they spend time with their families for 2 months (normally, but this could be shortened if the cruise line requires them). They work approximately 12 hours per day, 7 days a week! And we complain about having 5 full working days with two days off.

With all of this, most of them love their jobs and/or they’re doing it for their family. These people are selfless, hardworking individuals. They may complain, at times, about their jobs (but don’t we all), yet they continue day in and day out to put in the work and most have been doing this for several years.

This goes to show that we all have the willpower to accomplish our goals. We just need the mindset.

Cruising To French Polynesia

The islands of French Polynesia (Bora Bora, Moorea, Papeete) are known for luxury island vacations. Most travel pictures are of overwater bungalows surrounded by crystal clear water. Vacations to these destinations are on the pricier side than, lets say, a Caribbean island vacation. It’s a destination that’s much more secluded.

These destinations (specifically Bora Bora) was on my dream travel list. It was a place that I never thought I’d visit because of how far away it was from North America. However, my dreams came through; not only did we visit it once, but twice!

It definitely was dreamy with it’s crystal clear waters and luxurious, six star hotels. However, apart from these areas, we saw the living conditions of some of the locals. While walking through the local neighborhood, we saw a family living in basically a hut made of tree branches and scrap wood. They were sitting in darkness with the door wide open in the 30 degrees celsius / 86 fahrenheit heat.

We also passed families at the side of the road, hanging out together by the water. It made me wonder what they thought of me and the loads of tourists visiting their island.

It made me think about the huge discrepancy in living standards, just steps away from their home. Most of these hotels were high end North American brands.

It was sad to see such a disparity, but this is the world we live in.

 

“Appreciate what you have, where you are and who you are with in this moment.
~ Tony Clark

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2 Comments

  • Reply WTK

    Hi Alicia,

    Totally agree with your views. This goes to show how fortunable we are in the present circumstance. We have the options to do the things which we desire in life. I believe that it is entirely up to the individual who decide on how he/she pans his/her life journey.

    The path of the people (which you mentioned in this post) may be fraught with the difficulties. I believe that it is always possible for them to improve their lifestyle, provided that they make the consistent attempt to do so. Having said this plan, I have learnt to appreciate life more than before. There is no need to compare with others. It’s a never-ending vicious cycle. Make peace with ownself and do the things as per own interest and preference. There is no need to explain our decision and we will only be accountable for our decision.

    My two cents worth of views.

    WTK

    May 4, 2019 at 6:53 am
    • Reply Alicia

      Thanks WTK.

      I also agree that we make our own choices and those choices impact where we are today. However, I also think that some people are happy where they are and, although we see a big disparity, they may be ok with it. As you mentioned, they may not be comparing themselves with anyone. We really don’t know, but definitely everyone has options for the life they live.

      May 4, 2019 at 5:17 pm

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