Thanksgiving 2012: Utila Honduras

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and one of the few I openly celebrate. It combines my two favorite sins and is dedicated to one of the greatest acts ever. Two of my favorite activities are eating and doing nothing. Thanksgiving is that one day a year that promotes these actions in order to celebrate the act of being thankful. I’m thankful several times a day for things as simple as the sun still rising or my limbs still working. Thanksgiving is about thinking positively while filling yourself with good food. It’s a great way to spend the day.

Thanksgiving in Utila, Honduras.

This year on Thanksgiving I celebrated in Utila Honduras. I’m visiting Honduras in order to learn various skills of scuba diving while getting my PADI certification(s). I’m thankful that on Thanksgiving I was able to wake up on a Caribbean island and start off my day by sitting on the ocean floor with my only focus in life being awareness of my breath. I floated through a liquid filled outer space environment that was inhabited by strange creatures, plants, and stones. I could barrel roll, tumble, or float up, down, left, right, sideways, upside down, and gravity never held me back. I’m thankful that I was able to experience that by going on two dives in one day.

Scuba Diving in Utila Honduras

Scuba Diving in Utila Honduras

Thankful for people.

I’m thankful for satellites that float through space bouncing bits of data across the globe. I’m thankful that there are pieces of technology that make the world a smaller place by allowing global connectivity. I was able to video chat with my Mom, Dad, Nana, Aunt Diane and my cousin Charlie who were having dinner in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. I’m also thankful for my family who are always there to give me words of encouragement, tell me how good I look, pick me up when I fall down, or make sure I can still laugh at myself. Knowing that there are such amazing people in this world who will never let me fail gives me the confidence to shoot to the moon. I’m thankful I was able to see their smiles from half way across the globe.

I got a message from my friend Carlos who bartends down the road. He told me they were serving a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner while watching American football. He also said that Thanksgiving was a great time to do the guifity challenge at Skid Row; home of the original guifity challenge. For 200 limperas you get 4 shots of a locally made spiced rum that tastes like it was made in a bathtub full of old shoes. If you can manage to get them down, a t-shirt awaits you as your prize. Another way to describe this “challenge” is to say that for $10US you get a shirt and 4 shots. Take your pick.

Skid Row - Guifity Challenge

Nice shirt!

Thankful to be alive.

I’m thankful that on a planet with 8 billion people the difference between a stranger and a friend is the word hello. I’m thankful that I was able to go along with my friends to the bar. We all did the challenge together and now get to wear the t-shirt that embodies our achievement; much like everyone else on this island. Afterwards I ordered my thanksgiving dinner and enjoyed a beer with some company. The dinner was made up of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, and a roll. Much like a traditional thanksgiving dinner, it filled my belly and my heart.

I’m thankful that 14.8 billion years ago the cosmic mud created the big bang. I’m thankful for the milky way galaxy and my distance from the sun. I’m thankful for the water that falls from the sky, the food that grows on trees, and the Earth that exists beneath my feet. I’m thankful that I was born in a country where we have such an abundance of drinking water that we shit in it. I’m thankful that I have a life that allows me to hop on a plane, fly off to the developing world, and live with much less worry that someone born there.

Underwater Vision - Utila, Honduras

Underwater Vision – Utila, Honduras

I’m thankful for the words of encouragement that have helped me make some of my wildest dreams the reality that I live in. I’m thankful that I have art and stories to share with anyone willing to listen. I’m thankful people do. I’m thankful for the inspiration I can share and the inspiration that I receive. I’m thankful that 4 years ago I decided to take control of my life and I’m thankful I was willing to risk it all for something I believed in. I’m thankful that the universe is always on my side, my heart will always lead the way, and with a positive attitude I can get through anything.

Mostly I’m thankful that I have so much to be thankful for.

What are you thankful for?  Leave a comment below, or let me know on facebook where you can find all of my photos from Honduras and the rest of the world.