Had an incredible day editting our up-coming promotional video! Thank you again for all your fantastic support, you are our On With Life Owls! Peace and love to all and be sure to keep spreading the word of OWL. These past weeks have been some of our most exciting and could be the start of a great leap for all of us!
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What an amazing month it has been here in Costa Rica for the On With Life Team, living and working together…. interviewing inspirational people and projects, as we gather material for the On With Life documentary and website. It’s been great working in the “back office” in the UK, but being here together in Costa Rica has taken me to a deeper level of inspiration and possibilities!
Watch this space…..
This week can I think be best described as one of contrast. We have now moved from the cabin I referred to in my last blog on the Jungle clad, Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, to a hostel in the center of San Jose. Although not quite as picturesque, it has provided us with the perfect environment to really get on with our work. Our time here has been spent writing, filming, editing, planning, having meeting´s with some great people and at the same time trying to hold it together when it felt like everything was falling apart around us. As I said, it has been a week of contrast.
Although at times things have been pretty hard, the opportunity to learn and develop my skills I think are always so much greater when things don´t go quite how I imagined them. Plus it really makes you appreciate the days that go well. After all, talking about the importance of positivity when everything´s good is all very well, but it´s very different to be able to maintain that mentality in the midst of what feels like a nightmare. For me what I have taken most from the week´s more tricky moments is that is times like these when positivity really comes into its own.
An exciting development of this week has also been the start of what we hope to be an fantastic ongoing relationship with the Eco Preservation Society in Costa Rica. Our mutual goals of sustainable development, environmental protection, and a focus on what IS working should help us both develop, meaning that we can achieve our ultimate goals of sharing positive, functioning solutions to world issues with you all!
As we continue to connect with more and more inspiring organisations, projects and people at an ever increasing rate, we are realising that there is more good being done in this world than we could ever have dreamt of. This realisation has only served to reinforce our motives for the work we are doing and hope that you are as excited as we are for what is on its way over the next couple of months. That is all I will say for now. I know you love a bit of suspense!
I would also like to say a big thank you everyone who has been helping us this week, you know who you are, and you are all amazing!
As I sit looking out from my jungle cabin, the late morning sunlight hitting the surrounding banana trees, I’m feeling slightly relieved. Why? Because this week has for the most part been un-seasonally, and at times unbearably, wet. ‘Oh poor you’ I hear you say. I know it’s hard to feel sympathy for someone on the Caribbean cost of Costa Rica, but honestly 100% humidity for someone who originates from South East England can be tricky. No complaints however as the wet weather has not at all put a dampener on our weeks work which has been both exiting and thought provoking!
For me the highlight of the week was our trip to Punta Mona Center for Sustainable Development and Education to interview it’s founder Stephen Brooks- someone who has a long and exiting history in the world of sustainable development. I wont delve in to too much detail, as you will be able to find out more about our visit shortly. What I will say however, is how inspiring it is to be around someone so passionate about his work yet who talks about sustainability so simply and so logically. I came away from my time with Stephen thinking… how is something as overwhelming obvious as our need for sustainability being constantly thought of as ‘alternative’. Time to make it mainstream? I think so.
The time spent with Stephen and many other people this week, who’s personalities and passions have injected me with what feels like a new boost of determination, has re-affirmed what I’ve been banging on about for months… People are brilliant! At this point in On With Life’s journey the future feels very much unwritten and the next few weeks will I think reveal a lot. I know where I am trying to go but not necessarily how I’m going to get there. I have learned on this trip however that with the right intention and by being around the right people the ‘how’ usually takes care of itself.
Now I’m off for a spot of fishing, as the saying goes… “Give Chris a fish and he’ll eat for an hour, Give Chris a fishing rod and he wont do anything else all day!” But I mean, it is Sunday after all.
Oh and one more thing, big love to my new born nephew George Alston, I very much look forward to meeting him on my return to the UK!
As we approach the end of March and our fifth month in Central America things are continuing to get better and better!
It was never our intention to spend so long in Central America, in fact based on our initial plan we were supposed to be somewhere in the southern regions of Ecuador by now. You know what they say though, ‘Plans are made to be broken’ or was it ‘rules’? Anyway, you catch my drift-we are still here and very happy to be so.
Costa Rica has so much to offer in terms of sustainable development, and it really is fantastic for myself and James to be spending time in a place where inspirational, pro-active people, who share our passion for positive change, constantly surround us.
By the time we leave this extraordinary country we will have documented examples of sustainable change in areas including community, human rights, food production, environmental regeneration, tourism, and education. I think it is important to remember that sustainable development is so much more than recycling beer bottles and putting up wind turbines. I am not in anyway belittling the importance of these things, they are of course very important, but it goes so much deeper. We are finding that for every aspect of society there are more effective and sustainable alternatives just waiting to be put in to action. By highlighting these already existing examples and raising awareness, we hope to bring us all that much closer to doing it.
Through remaining flexible and open to new opportunities over the course of our travels, we have discovered and experienced so much more than we could possibly have done had we rigidly stuck to our plans. Perhaps if we applied this same attitude of flexibility and openness on a societal scale, instead of stubbornly sticking to un-sustainable and out dated ‘plans’, we would be naturally be led toward a much brighter future…just a thought.
Happy Easter to all
Yesterday’s fascinating interview with the president and founder of the Latin American Water Tribunal Javier Bogantes. The Tribunal has been successfully upholding human rights and empowering the people of Latin America for the past 25 years through ethical and positive use of the legal system. The full interview and accompanying article coming soon.
Well what a week it has been! Since writing our last blog in which we talked about us confidently stepping in to the second half of our trip, so many opportunities have emerged for On With Life it is almost hard to believe. It would seem that Costa Rica is exactly where we need to be right now.
We have been connecting with many inspirational, driven and passionate people, learning about some of the incredible work they do and similarly sharing what On With Life is doing. It never ceases to amaze me what a positive effect other passionate people can have on you. I believe that it is someone’s passion that really takes them where they want to be, and when that passion is shared with someone else, things can really start to heat up! (no pun intended)
Another welcome addition to our travels in the last week was the arrival of my mum and step dad in Costa Rica. After almost four days of travel due to faulty planes they both landed safely in San Jose airport tired but smiling. Our time with them over the last week on the Caribbean cost although frequented with a touch of jungle belly (the details of which I will spare you) has been crackin!
With all the exiting opportunities that have presented themselves in the last week or two I could easily spend the next few hours sharing every little detail, but does anybody really want that? I think not. What I will say however is that since our journey began we have been encountering incredible examples of progressive thinking and innovative ideas which are leading the way in creating a better future for all of us, and these encounters are only becoming more exiting and more frequent!
We are so exited to be doing what we’re doing and I hope you are all gaining something positive from our page. We are very busy at the moment promoting the work we are doing and producing some really exiting content for our upcoming website, so if you like what we are doing please share our page with as many people as possible and spread the word.
Thanks so much for all your on-going support, and keep posting those inspiring articles and stories.